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Watering once you have germination

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by precator, Sep 7, 2012.

  1. precator

    precator LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    I seeded a week ago and have been watering twice a day and I am getting a lot of germination now. Since I have germination do I cut back on watering now? If so how much? Once a day instead of twice? Any help would be appreciate.
  2. suzook

    suzook LawnSite Member
    Messages: 147

    It depends on the situation...just don't let it dry out. Once a day for a few mins is all it should need for another week.
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  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    After germination the root does most of the growing,,, so if you have reasonable soil (45% sand, 45% clay & 10% silt), then daily watering could be pounding the air out of your surface soil and turning it into a slimy surface...
    That is what you want to avoid... If your soil is muddy/slimey and there is water throughout the top 4", then your best bet is to back off and let the surface start drying to normal tilth as soon as possible...
    Shut off the water as soon as it puddles then let it sit for 24-48 hours depending on how it looks... Your grass will not die in 48 hours unless we get more extreme heat and scorching sun... even then it isn't likely to kill it...
    If you have a sandy topsoil, then you have a different story... :)
  4. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,568

    Depends on the evapotranspiration in your area. Et is greater when hot, windy, low humidity. Sandy soil if you have it loses moisture quicker. It is important to not have standing water when temps are over 85--such conditions induce pythium fungus--which can take out large swatches overnight.
    And...if you have germination after only a week--you have ryegrass--I am thinking you are too far south to grow ryegrass. Or am I wrong?
  5. precator

    precator LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    Lesco Transition Blend. It said germination in 7 -10 days but I got germination in 5. I watered a lot and put down starter fertilizer as well.
  6. khutch

    khutch LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 495

    Same with me, Lesco transition, germination is 5 days, daily watering and one rainfall.

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