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Watering Home Lawns:

Look at your lawn to determine its water needs. Grass in need of water will have a grey-blue cast, rather than a blue-green or green color. Also, grasses in need of water show early signs of stress by twisting their blades to conserve moisture. In this stress condition the blades will be needle shaped rather than flat. Inspecting your lawn frequently will help you detect water requirements and to avoid over or under watering. Water timers can help provide consistency and even be programmed to turn on and off automatically. Some timers measure just the amount of time water is flowing through the device, while others measure the number of gallons of water flowing through it. Read the directions with the timer to determine how yours operates. Most lawns will do very well with a maximum total of one inch of water a week, coming either from rain or applied water. Soil conditions may dictate that the amount be applied in two settings, approximately two or three days apart. This amount of water, properly applied, is all that is required for the health of the grass, providing it is applied evenly and saturates the underlying soil to depth of 4 to 6 in.

Common Mistakes:

1) Water timers setup to water daily rather than twice per week. Daily watering does not promote deep rooting of the sod and increases the chance of a fungus problem.

2) Watering schedule at installation is vastly different than watering for maintenance of a well-established lawn.