Lawn Looking bad pics

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Bryanh, Jun 21, 2009.

  1. Bryanh

    Bryanh LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I am new to this lawn care and the lawn at my mothers house is not looking good right now. I went an put some nitrogen pebbles and followed the instructions about a week and a half ago and it doesnt look like there was any change. Whats the next step? Thanks for your help



  2. The Elements Group

    The Elements Group LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 308

    is that or was that Zoysia? if so , looks like zoysia patch and its a fungus
  3. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,694

    How much water is that lawn getting? I am looking for an inch of water per week, with an upward adjustment if it is hot or dry. Fertilizer does not work without water.
  4. Bryanh

    Bryanh LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Well I am watering it 2 days a week 10 minutes per watering. Is that not enough?
  5. Acswaupaca1

    Acswaupaca1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 480

    Go like 10 minutes a day minimum...but set up a rain gauge and find out exactly how long it takes to get the required amount
  6. Bryanh

    Bryanh LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Damn well that shows you what I know about lawn care. So i need to set up a rain gauge to see how long it takes to get an inch of water per week? So possibly it could be longer or shorter than 10 minutes? Another question so if I need an ich per week should I break up the watering to get 1/7th inch per day and water everyday that same amount to get 1 inch over the week? Also I water the lawn in sections(due to water pressure issues) so is it safe to assume that if it takes say 10 minutes in section 1 to get an inch of water measure with the rain gauge then I can assume every other section would take 10 minutes to get an inch?

    Also I see rain gauges that cost 12 dollars up to alot more. Does it matter which one I get?
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2009
  7. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Along with the rain guage to see how much water is coming in, also slice into the soil after watering and see how much actually gets into the ground, at what depth.
    You have clay there, correct?
  8. ron mexico75

    ron mexico75 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,984

    It's best to water deeply and infrequently. If that means a very long time with many days in between then that's fine. Watering short times every day promotes weak and shallow root systems in the turf.
  9. DiyDave

    DiyDave LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,695

    You don't need a rain guage, use a baking pan and a ruler. Water to the point of runoff, and measure the level in the pan. Should give you a better idea of what's going on.:waving:
  10. Bryanh

    Bryanh LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    So let me get it straight. Water the lawn until the water is running off the lawn then I need to measure but how do I measure with a baking pan? I assumed that you meant put the pan in the middle of the lawn while watering and see how long it takes to get an inch of water in the pan. Is that correct?
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