Winter Watering

I try to hit on this annually, considering it’s a relatively counterintuitive idea. During the winter months we obviously receive snowfall, which turns into water. But, how much actually turns into water? I have heard many people quick to say that 10 inches of snow turns into a decent amount of water, but that is hardly the reality. The average snowfall produces about 4% to 10% of water per inch of snow. So, if it snowed 10 inches we would end up with between .4 and 1 inch of water.

Here are our average snowfalls… (Inches)
October 5.1
November 11.1
December 13
January 10
February 10.8
March 17.4
April 9

With that said, we receive 76.4 inches of snowfall over our winter months (on average). If we break it down using the percentages I listed above, we end up with 3 to 7.6 inches of water over seven months. In other words, basically an average maximum of one inch per month. Here is what I am getting at: Hand watering is a necessity!

What are the rules for hand watering?
Only water when temperatures are above 40 degrees fahrenheit.
Don’t water if there is snow on the ground.
Water at a time of day such that the water can soak in AND the turf can air out before it freezes. (I shoot for around noon or two, but no later…)

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