is 4:30am too early?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by 1999frontier, May 11, 2010.

  1. 1999frontier

    1999frontier LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 562

    Is 4:30am too early to set timer to start watering? I've got 4 sprinklers in my lawn and I've set the timer for 45 minutes per sprinkler (zone). So it would stop watering at 7:30am. Is this ok or is it too early?
  2. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,238

    It is okay to water at that time. Heck you could even water at 4 am
  3. AOD

    AOD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 331

    And I had thought this was about mowing at 4:30 in the morning!

    some of the parks here, the irrigation starts at 10pm because it has so many zones to cycle through.
  4. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,238

    I wonder what golf courses do?????

    But if our parks have sprinkler systems, then you mus live in a very wealthy area and love paying high taxes
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  5. Lawnut101

    Lawnut101 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,260

    Actually that is about the best time you can water your lawn.
  6. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,700

    I wake up around that time every day. One of the first things I do is start my daily watering. I don't have an underground sprinkler system so I have to move a tripod sprinkler all over my "lawn".
  7. Merkava_4

    Merkava_4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,334

    I did too ... I'm kinda disappointed to find out this thread's about sprinklers. :D
  8. Kartanimal29

    Kartanimal29 LawnSite Member
    from Ct.
    Messages: 209

    Right on. You want to water about an hour before the sun comes up. Tho you may want to cut your run time down 45 min . is a long time. I set zones to run for 20 min. every other day, depending on how much sun the area gets. Less sun, less run time on that zone. The key is to get the root of the grass to chase the water down. By over watering ,45 min. a zone ,your not letting the root chase the water down.
  9. 1999frontier

    1999frontier LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 562

    I thought I heard it is better to water long and deep instead of short and shallow to get the roots deeper. I don't have underground irrigation, I just have 4 spike sprinklers set on timer. So I should change and water each for 20 minutes?
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  10. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    It is not the time per zone, but the output that determines this. 45 minutes with 5/8 in. hose will be much different than a 1" line. Regardless of, is about a sure bet that 45 minutes is WAY too long. You could probably water less than half that if the ground has some residual moisture in it and be more effective.

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