How long should I water for?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Gabby, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. lawncuttinfoo

    lawncuttinfoo LawnSite Bronze Member
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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. :laugh:
  2. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Once the turf shows wilt, you're screwed; it will take weeks to return it to health. :hammerhead:
  3. stebs

    stebs LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 499

    Ditto Mike!

    P.S. Eastern Kansas in July had ET rates at .4" per day and soil temps in the triple digits...
  4. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    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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    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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  6. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    the old lady with the RC dealie works up north, too
  7. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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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.
  8. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 27,060

    and thats when crabgrass thrives.
  9. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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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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