What is a normal watering cycle

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Capemay Eagle, Jun 24, 2007.

  1. Capemay Eagle

    Capemay Eagle LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I am just curious about how much is to much water. My yard is about 80% shaded and I am starting to get some moss, mushrooms and some possible red thread. I have approx 11 zones and I have had them all set for 20mins a zone, 5 says a week skipping Wednesday and Sunday. Is this two much or not enough. I did make a adjustment last night cutting down to 10mins in the shaded zones and a little more in the sunny zones. Any help appreciated.
  2. Supper Grassy

    Supper Grassy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I water on ODD days of the month since my house# is ODD.
    you may want to try the same
  3. DiyDave

    DiyDave LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What you need to shoot for is about an inch of water per week. You can find out how much you are applying by placing a shallow pan in the yard, and running the irrigation system. If you are on a sandy soil, like a lot of NJ, you may need more.:cry: :cry:
  4. cpel2004

    cpel2004 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The correct watering amount is property specific. Most turf needs at least an inch of water depending on the soil. However based upon your comments I think you are over watering your entire property. One to two days a week at 20 mins in the Sunny areas one day a week in the cool areas. Water early mornings. See how that works. Also raise your cutting height of your mower. A longer cutting height will encourage deeper healthier root system. It will also cool the soil from the heat.
  5. cpel2004

    cpel2004 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Let us know the outcome.
  6. Capemay Eagle

    Capemay Eagle LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks for the info. I am going to go out and reset the system in a bit. I do however cut the lawn at a high setting. I always have for that factor. I notice all my neighbors cut thier lawn very short, and they are all burned up already.

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