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I water every other day, 0.5 in. each time, and that's just enough to keep it green. Any more water at a time goes through the soil and disappears into the sand. The same was true when I mowed higher.
Wow. You're watering 3 inches a week? I'm surprised by this. I'm watering less than this on what I had assumed was more sandy soil and heat stress hasn't been an issue.

Seems like our numbers are not making sense
 

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Wow. You're watering 3 inches a week? I'm surprised by this. I'm watering less than this on what I had assumed was more sandy soil and heat stress hasn't been an issue.

Seems like our numbers are not making sense
A simple math error I suspect. 0.5 x 3.5 = 1.75 in. per week. (It may actually be closer to 0.4 inches each time, so a little more than 1.5 inches per week) That is the typical evapotranspiration rate here in July and August.
 

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Ahhh you were venting, now I get it. You wanted to complain, without be willing to do anything about it :) aka venting lol.

Reality is, either put in the time and money to water it properly or deal with the brown lawn. Honestly, auto watering that small of a yard could be really easy and you don't necessarily need in ground sprinklers either. A hose bib timer, a few lengths of hose, and some rotors on zinc spikes daisy chained together and presto- above ground automatic irrigation. I used this method for a couple years and was able to keep a half acre watered without much issue.

If I had watering restrictions like that, I'd have the sprinklers running constantly from 5pm to 9am twice a week. But that's just me.

If you can get that mower height up to 5 inches it would help tremendously.
I have one major hurdle with the water timer. My wife has this irrational obsession with turning off the out side spigot. So she will constantly turn off the spigot to the timer
Oh and I went to the local stores in attempt to make a small sprinkler system and no one had the spikes.
I did find a bunch of rain bird heads on clearance at Lowes for under $1 bit I had no idea what I was looking at and many where not in any type of Identifying boxes.
I did manage to get 1/2” down on sunday morning before the 9am dead line. Around the house and pool.
Going for a 1/2” on the large area come tuesday/tonight.
Im affraid of the fungus. I have been fighting it.
I used Scotts EX back in june, then eagle a few weeks ago and I bought some more scotts to give it boost.
What I did apply seemed to have helped but I have areas I cant tell if its a new out break or the damage done from earlier. Wife gave me a tight budget this year. Last year I had to do a lot of work. Maybe next year budget will be a little better.
If we dont get a good rain tonight or this week Im going to have to run a good inch to help my grass through this dryness.

my push mower goes to a touch over 4” and my wife and kids hate that length. My daughter says its like walking through snow.
 

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So my rough guess is to get 1” of water on the larger 7500 sqft area I would have to run my sprinkler for 15 hours
7500 sqft/4600 gal / 1” / My out of the hose rate is 5 gal a minute.
I know this is very crude figures
But its what I have to work with and I know it took more time thsn that to fill my 6k gal pool.
 

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I understand the issue with your wife. My wife is the same way. I explained the situation and eventually she relented.

In your situation I would buy 4 50ft garden hoses, 4 zinc spikes, 4 hunter pgp heads and a hose bib timer. I'd put 1 gpm nozzles in the heads and daisy chain them together. I'd space them 30ft apart to get good head to head coverage. Then run em in one position one day a week and move them to the other position the other day. If you run them the entire alloted time you'll get close to your one inch.

I actually kept an acre watered this way for a couple seasons before I installed the inground system. I glued up a manifold of six valves , wired up a controller and had six zones of four heads each. Man I had a lot of garden hoses lol. It took almost as much time to tear down and set up each week as it did to mow lol

My mower is set at 4.75. Is it a tad longer than I like? Yep. But, I'd rather have Iong and green than brown and short any day.

Fun fact- last month I estimate I put down roughly 300,000 gallons of water on my 2 acres I keep irrigated. Granted I live on a lake with many other bodies of water nearby and have well water.
 

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I understand the issue with your wife. My wife is the same way. I explained the situation and eventually she relented.

In your situation I would buy 4 50ft garden hoses, 4 zinc spikes, 4 hunter pgp heads and a hose bib timer. I'd put 1 gpm nozzles in the heads and daisy chain them together. I'd space them 30ft apart to get good head to head coverage. Then run em in one position one day a week and move them to the other position the other day. If you run them the entire alloted time you'll get close to your one inch.

I actually kept an acre watered this way for a couple seasons before I installed the inground system. I glued up a manifold of six valves , wired up a controller and had six zones of four heads each. Man I had a lot of garden hoses lol. It took almost as much time to tear down and set up each week as it did to mow lol

My mower is set at 4.75. Is it a tad longer than I like? Yep. But, I'd rather have Iong and green than brown and short any day.

Fun fact- last month I estimate I put down roughly 300,000 gallons of water on my 2 acres I keep irrigated. Granted I live on a lake with many other bodies of water nearby and have well water.
I have a old well , the pump is aprox 280’ down and dead. The last estimate to get it up and running was several more $$$ than I have to put into the well.
Water restrictions are still in effect well or no well as our town water is pulled off the same Aquifer.
Only up side is I dont have to pay for the water from my well.
Im still trying to figure out what I pay per gallon. Our bill is mostly fees and other charges.
I know the cost goes up quickly after each 10k gal used.
1” a week would be about 12k gallons
 

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I have a old well , the pump is aprox 280’ down and dead. The last estimate to get it up and running was several more $$$ than I have to put into the well.
Water restrictions are still in effect well or no well as our town water is pulled off the same Aquifer.
Only up side is I dont have to pay for the water from my well.
Im still trying to figure out what I pay per gallon. Our bill is mostly fees and other charges.
I know the cost goes up quickly after each 10k gal used.
1” a week would be about 12k gallons
 

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He also has a large disposable income.
He started installing his new irrigation system this year. High volume , high pressure with a fertilizer/fungicide/herbicide injection system. Of course all wifi/bluetooth computer control.
Although his “controller” is on nack order.
Says it will work with his weather station and some remote moister meters in his lawn.
For now he can just water as normal.
I can tell you this...
From my experience, those really lush lawns...
After so many years the headache just isn't worth it to me.
I like my lawns just the way they are.
I do what I can, and the rest is for the birds.
 
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