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Watering - What's Enough?

  • Moderation is the key so too little water can be as bad as too much. 
  • If augmenting Mother Nature be sure to apply about an inch of water twice per week. 
  • Plan on watering for about 15-30 minutes to apply an inch. 
  • Be careful – sprinklers dispense water at different rates and in an uneven pattern. 
  • Measure application rates per unit of time by placing shallow containers in the watered area. After 30 minutes retrieve the cans and see how much water has been accumulated. Reach a depth of one inch you’ll have a good idea of the required watering duration.

Watering - What's the Best Time of Day to Water?

  • Running the sprinkler all night sets up perfect conditions for fungal disease to grow. 
  • As summer temperatures and humidity combine to a total of 150 conditions are ideal for disease. 
  • Rule of Thumb – Don’t water after 10:00 AM. 
  • But if the situation demands schedule the sprinkler for 4-7 PM. In the hot afternoon, much of your water can be lost to wind enhanced evaporation. 
  • Reside in the dry southwest water in the evening or night to reduce evaporation. 
  • If not given opportunity to dry the lawn becomes a place where fungal diseases can thrive. 

Grasses: Going Dormant Is Normal

  • During prolonged drought cool-season turf becomes dormant and turns brown. 
  • daily_vs_weekly_wateringDormancy enables energy conservation-enabling survival during drought. 
  • In a dormant state the plant will survive for periods of up to 2 months.
  • When dormant it is important to keep foot traffic to a bare minimum. 
  • Cool-season turf is resilient and will revive when rainfall and cooler temperatures return. 
  • Warm-season grasses also enter into a dormant state - but in the late fall and winter. 
  • Dormancy is not "death" but simply a time when the plant is "resting", a means of the plant coping with unfavorable weather.
  • Once favorable condition return the plant will come out of its "sleep" and with proper care return to its previous green state.