I had surgery about three weeks ago and since then I have not watered my
lawn. For obvious reasons, my lawn is now all yellowed out with a few
patches of green here and there.
I live in Oklahoma and the weather had been very hot lately.
Is there a way to resurrect this grass? I am recovered from surgery and
therefore can go back out there and try to work again if possible to revive
Watering 10 - 15 minutes a day is not the way to water grass in OK for sure.
That much watering would evaporate before it ever got to a grass root. He
needs to put out several containers to catch water and sprinkle until at
least 1/2 inch of water is in the containers if they have straight up sides,
more if tapered sides. I'd say the amount now should be about 1 inch to get
top moisture to meet ground moisture that may be 6 or 8 inches down.
When a lawn doesn't get sufficient water, it goes dormant and turns
brown. It's not dead and can survive a long time like that.
If you're going to water, it should be watered deeply every 4 to 7
days depending on temps, type of soil, etc. That means it needs about
an inch of water. With a typical sprinkler system that means over an
hour per zone. You can put out some cut out tuna cans to measure the
amount. Most people have no conception of how much water they are
even putting down.
The worst thing you can do is water it a little each day. Ten or
fifteen minutes only wets the surface, most of that evaporates. That
practice will only encourage disease, fungus, and shallow roots.
I water 3 times a day when its very hot. At 4am,12pm,8pm. For about 45
minutes each time. If I do less than this my lawn gets fried. I tryed the 1
inch per week thing and that is for the birds when its really hot. That is a
good rule of thumb if the temp is around 70 to 80F consistently. Your grass
needs a good drink after every baking on a daily basis until it cools down
I don't know what kind of flow rate you have. But with 45 minutes on
a very hot day and a typical system, much of that water just
evaporates. What makes it to the roots, just encourages shallow root
growth, which means the lawn requires even more water.
A deep watering as frequently as needed is the best practice. It
encourages deep roots and lessens disease and fungus. Generally,
that's 4-7 days depending on soil condition. If it's very hot, then
maybe even more frequently, but I have yet to see a lawn that required
watering 3 times a day. Are you putting nitrogen on it in that kind
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For your grass, that's the only way to go. You have the roots up at the
surface getting water instead of growing down to get water. You have to start
in cooler weather with the deep water plan and stay with it.
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