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Old 08-01-2007, 08:04 AM   #1
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Until this year, I have never watered my lawn. Why? Because no one in this neighborhood does. Guess the term, monkey see applies. The man who treated my lawn (first time)_ told me to water in morning 45 minutes before sun comes out, three times week. Since it has been so awfully dry here and hot 90+ I have been doing what he advised. My question: do any of you water your lawn and if so, morning or night. My brother feels at night gets chance to soak in. If this is true, why did the service man tell me in the morning?

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Old 08-01-2007, 08:51 AM   #2
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Ahh, lawn care - something dear to my heart! We lost alot of our lawn in the drought a couple years ago - after alot of seeding and hard work - you bet I water! I heard early morning or early evening is good - I prefer night because of my schedule. I heard that it is better to water your lawn a couple times a week for a long time instead of often for a short time - just what I heard.
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Old 08-01-2007, 08:58 AM   #3
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Water in the AM to prevent mold and root system stress.

You need to water enough for it to soak in. Watering during the day, in full sun, is a waste because the moisture has no chance really soak the roots.
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I have heard that about watering at night and mold. I heard watering long helps the root system go deeper too.
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Old 08-01-2007, 09:17 AM   #5
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Here is what I know.. And you can take it for what it's worth. I too love taking care of my lawn.

Bear in mind, all of my research is north central region of the United States. So it could potentially be very different where you are.

First and foremost, giving your lawn the full amount of water. It was recommended in most places to make sure you give at least an inch of water to your lawn. This helps the roots grow much deeper. I use a Tuna can when I use the sprinkler. Once the Tuna Can fills up, I feel satisfied that I have given it enough water.

Part of watering in the morning versus the night is basically to promote a healthy growing cycle. Imagine if you drank 10 glasses of an energy drink at midnight. Assuming your not a night owl, we can say that you're not getting any value of the 10 glasses of energy drink. So, it just sits in your system, disappears.

Now drink those same 10 glasses in the morning when the sun is shining and all is well to begin your activity.

Grass is not much different. It has a period of the day (Namely when there's no sun) where it does not continue to drink water.

So watering in the morning is the perfect time because grass is starting to utilize that water.

Now, it was said to me that watering at night is better than not watering at all. The side effects are that you tend to lose some of the water as a waste. It is evaporated into the soil and the grass never utilized it. Worse yet, the water can actually produce a mold because it sits stagnant without getting used.

Watering in the mid morning, afternoon isn't all bad, however as I understand it, the problem there is that there is a chance that dew beads on grass from the water actually create a magnifying effect and can burn grass. I think worse than that is the chance that it evaporates because of the hot sun, so you're not getting you moneys worth.

As I said before, I am no expert by any means. A friend of mine is an owner of a local Irragation (Sprinkler System) installation business. He claims that he sets up 95% of his systems to water between 4:00am and 6:00am.

Hope this helps...
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Old 08-01-2007, 10:24 AM   #6
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candlebc: boy this is so good to know an grateful you shared with me. I will surely continue to water in the morning. I get up at 5 even though not daylight and place sprinkler in same place I put before. Oh, for having something that wouldn't require moving and just to turn on. Maybe one day.

I have never watered this lawn before as my neighbors don't ever do it. I figured since most of them have been here longer than I have they knew better. Then I started seeing bare ground and weeds. Nothing to mow. how awful. I don't look close at anyone's lawn but mine. Maybe they have mostly weeds.

Since my neighbor used herbicide on his yard and killed 10 mature arborvitees, I am fearful that if I used chemical I may ruin his shrubs too. That is why I have this professional man coming to help get the lawn established. He intends to aerate the lawn this fall. Know what tha is? Said the lawn truly needs it. i do notice when I go by a nice neighborhood they all have their sprinklers going.

This weather is very hot and dry. I will just continue to water in the morning and inform my brother that it is better for the grass. I love the birds all coming to get water.

I am so thankful I come here and in less than day get quick response. Thanks to all of you for your understanding and time.
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Old 08-01-2007, 10:32 AM   #7
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He intends to aerate the lawn this fall. Know what tha is? Said the lawn truly needs it.
They will most likely use a roller with a bunch of spikes on it. The spikes create holes in the soil so more moisture can get to the roots. My lawn is not too large so I use these 2-3 times a year and before I over seed in the spring.

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Old 08-01-2007, 02:01 PM   #8
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Another somewhat affordable thing you can do to your lawn is have the PH level tested.

There are a couple of common reasons what your PH/Acid Level may be off in your lawn:
- Soil Type
- Trees and Plants you have in your yard
- Pet Urine

What my Lawn Care Service will do is test my PH and let me know where I stand. Then, using a Drop Spreader, I put down lime as per their recommendation. Because of the trees in my yard, I end up putting powdered Lime 3 times a year, and pelletized lime once.

It's another somewhat affordable way to improve the "health" of your lawn.

Most people thing that lawn care is getting rid of weeds, but it's obviously much more involved.

About the Aerators - If the price is an issue, you can also usually rent gas powered aerators at a local rental facility. Lastly, I prefer PLUG aeration versus SPIKE. You may have seen a lawn that was plugged when it looks like little dog poop all over the lawn.

Lastly.. Consider Dethatching your lawn. This is pulling up the dead, matted grass that tends to lay down and get trapped. They make a Dethatching Rake that you can pick up at a home store, or you can also rent/buy devices to do the same thing. Dethatching can be important to promoting further growth, light, and water absorbtion. Some people claim that thatch can sit and like a sponge hold water instead of sending it where it needs to go.

Again, I am no pro.. Just several years of going the extra mile for that nice lawn.

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I forgot one additional note that has made a very big difference for me over the past couple of years.

When I started looking to create a more healthy lawn, I consulted with the Lawn Care Services about getting rid of the weeds. Of course it starts in the spring with a quality Crabgrass Preventer. That should stop anything that hasn't already germenated from starting to grow. Then there are several herbicides/chemicals to use throughout the year.

One of the most common suggestions I heard about lawn care was that you should cut your lawn at one of your mowers highest settings. This allows the thick pretty green grass to basically choke the shorter weeds out of the equation.

Well, that works very well for me, and I love not having any weeds in my lawn.

Just thought I would share another tip since I was on the topic.

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Old 08-01-2007, 02:14 PM   #10
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I don't know why this was posted under Ehnic Foods! Valuable information here that others may want to have. I think the category is not right. thanks
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