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Old 08-13-2011, 09:42 PM
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Just because the soil loses moisture every day, this does not mean you should be replenishing it every day. Grass should only be watered once it begining to show signs of wilting.

Unless you are growing a nutsedge farm or in the business of repairing irrigation systems.
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Old 08-13-2011, 11:12 PM
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Just because the soil loses moisture every day, this does not mean you should be replenishing it every day. Grass should only be watered once it begining to show signs of wilting:
Once the turf shows wilt, you're screwed; it will take weeks to return it to health.
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Old 08-14-2011, 04:11 AM
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Once the turf shows wilt, you're screwed; it will take weeks to return it to health.
Ditto Mike!

P.S. Eastern Kansas in July had ET rates at .4" per day and soil temps in the triple digits...
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Old 08-14-2011, 07:16 AM
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Once the turf shows wilt, you're screwed; it will take weeks to return it to health.
I'm with you on this. It goes the same when I'm hiking. Stay hydrated. Don't try to RE-hydrate.

I can see a little bit in maybe the spring or fall when it's cooler, doing this. Letting it get to a stress point, then adjusting. But not in mid-summer, 90-110 degrees, no rain, high wind. You don't have to water everyday, but you do need to have consistent watering.
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Old 08-14-2011, 07:59 AM
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I could be wrong but I'm guessing he meant footprinting. He is right that everyday watering causes nasty nutsedge problems especially in Dallas. Not sure nutsedge goes very far up north. Can't recall seeing it in CO.

Myself when I manually ran my controller I judged by grass hue. Easier to do with st augustine than bermuda. Im on my droid so the locations of posters don't show up but I'd be curious to the grasses he was referring to. Definitely different watering up north than down south.
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Old 08-14-2011, 09:54 AM
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the old lady with the RC dealie works up north, too
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Old 08-14-2011, 09:59 AM
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Problem is most HOs are not going to monitor daily, or possibly twice daily as the weather can really harm a lawn in just one day. Happens here all the time. Once our monsoons quit, and the temps go up above 90, it takes one day for things to dry out and look wilted.
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Old 08-14-2011, 10:01 AM
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Problem is most HOs are not going to monitor daily, or possibly twice daily as the weather can really harm a lawn in just one day. Happens here all the time. Once our monsoons quit, and the temps go up above 90, it takes one day for things to dry out and look wilted.
and thats when crabgrass thrives.
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Old 08-14-2011, 10:25 AM
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With systems that water lawn and flowers, it might not be the lawn that provides the wilt indicator.
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