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Deep Infrequent Watering

Why do we recommend deep, infrequent watering? There are a couple reasons but both are due to the benefit your lawn receives.


First, deep watering encourages deep root growth. This ensures your turf stand has better access to water during times of drought, rather than struggling due to a shallow root system. Even when watering daily for short periods in the summer, much of that water is unused due to how quickly the top layer of soil dries out in the summer.


The second is cultural weed prevention. Weeds such as yellow nutsedge (perennial) and doveweed (late germinating annual) prefer moist soils. Watering daily ensures soil stays moist more often, encouraging growth of these plants. By watering deeply, once or twice per week, the top layer of soil dried out discouraging growth of sedges and doveweed.


If you would like an estimate for lawn maintenance or weed control and fertilization , feel free to call us at 706-941-6600.


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djdough
Jul 08, 2023

What do you recommend the sprinkler system be set at, e.g., time of day, length of time, etc.?

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Jason Boorn
Jason Boorn
Jul 09, 2023
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Sir,

Early morning is best as far as when to water, however, time can fluctuate by zone so you really want one half inch of watering per zone, per watering at 2x per week. For best accuracy we recommend using a rain gauge.


Jason

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Troy W. Hudson
Troy W. Hudson
Jul 07, 2023

When you say "deep watering" does that mean the length of time the sprinklers are set for each zone? If so, is 15 minutes per zone adequate twice a week?

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Jason Boorn
Jason Boorn
Jul 07, 2023
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Sir,

Watering 2x per week at half an inch per zone is what we recommend. I assume 15 minutes per zone would be adequate for your property size but using a rain gauge is best to be sure. Occasionally zone coverage is different so one zone may need 17 minutes and another may only need 12 minutes.


Jason

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