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Watering

lawn sprinkler

Quick Tips

  • Use a rain gauge. Lawns need 1.0 to 1.5 inches of water per week. Apply the needed difference.
  • Don't water everyday. Twice a week is fine using 1/2 of above weekly water allotment. This is important in sandy soil to prevent nitrate in fertilizer from leaching below the root zone.
  • Water slowly and deeply so water soaks into soil. Avoid runoff; it wastes water and contaminates nearby water bodies!
  • Water in the morning. Hours between 6 am and 10 am are best. Avoid night time irrigation; it encourages fungal diseases.
  • Let it go dormant . Most perennial grasses have the ability to go dormant during dry spells; that is, they turn brown and stop growing. Such grass is very much alive and can survive for weeks until moisture returns.