When to water

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by m&mmowing, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. m&mmowing

    m&mmowing LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    When should one water their lawn if they cannot get to it in the morning?
  2. MJS

    MJS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,316

    I'm no irrigation specialist, but I know from experience; late afternoon/evening, although the morning is much preferable, because you run the risk of creating several fungus problems if the grass is watered consistently at night.
  3. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,209

    Uhhh.... whenever possible
  4. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    I usually start my cycles at 5 AM. If needing long soak/run times, I'll start at 1 or 3 AM in order to get all my water on by 9 AM when possible. That being said, sometimes you just have to water when your window appears. Try to avoid watering in early evening, and during the hottest and windiest parts of the day if at all possible.
  5. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,209

    True. we usually set start times somewhere from 2-5 AM depending on size of system, number of zones. In our area though - very dry and limited humidity - I don't see much disease/fungus/whatever from watering early evening. But I know the OP is from Missouri so very different climate.

    There really is no BEST time if not able to do it in the morning. Try whenever possible then. A diseased lawn is greener than a dead lawn from no watering.

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