Why Is Proper Watering Important?
Proper irrigation can conserve water, save you money and ensure a healthy, beautiful lawn come winter. Once you’ve applied the seed, the following tips will help you along the way.
Water You To Do??
- DO inspect for system deficiencies. Prior to seeding, inspect your irrigation system for clogged nozzles and leaking or broken sprinklers.
- DO setup 3-4 watering cycles per day. Applying too much water in one increment results in the ground reaching a saturation point, causing any additional water to run-off and be wasted.
- DO make a check to avoid puddles. Always make sure the water from the previous cycle has been absorbed before starting the new watering cycle. If it hasn’t, reduce the run time for that zone.
Water You NOT To Do??
- DO NOT overwater. Seedlings can tolerate being a bit on the dry side for a short period but will fail quickly if drowned.
- DO NOT mow when the lawn is wet. (HINT: Turn the water off for a day before your first mow.)
- DO NOT forget to pat yourself on the back for a job well done. By following these tips, you’ll surely have a beautiful lawn and cheaper water bill.
Water Schedule 1 – Germination
Watering 3-4 cycles a day for 5-10 minutes is sufficient. Your goal is to keep the seed damp until it germinates which should take about 7 days.
Water Schedule 2 – Grass Reaches 1.5 to 2 Inches Tall
When your grass is about 1.5 inches tall, it’s ready for the first mow. Now is also the time to reduce watering to one cycle a day.
After the second or third mow, depending on temperature, wind, rain, and soil conditions, water every other week or as often as 2 to 3 times per