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Old 08-05-2007, 07:53 AM
 
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How often should I water my lawn? Everyday? Every other day? How long? Most of the lawn gets a lot of shade.

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Old 08-05-2007, 08:49 AM
 
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Where in the state are you? If I was still in south Florida, with the idiotic water managers who routinely ban lawn watering, I wouldn't water at all.

Generally two or three times a week before the dew has evaporated is all that is needed. On sunny days in the hottest weather, a short (15 minute) spray around 1 PM can lower the lawn temperature and stress.
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Old 08-05-2007, 11:07 AM
 
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Where in the state are you? If I was still in south Florida, with the idiotic water managers who routinely ban lawn watering, I wouldn't water at all.

Generally two or three times a week before the dew has evaporated is all that is needed. On sunny days in the hottest weather, a short (15 minute) spray around 1 PM can lower the lawn temperature and stress.
I am in the Tampa/St. Pete area. So 3x a week at about 8-9 a.m. would be good?

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Old 08-05-2007, 11:23 AM
 
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I am in the Tampa/St. Pete area. So 3x a week at about 8-9 a.m. would be good?

Thanks for your help.
In Jax, the city wants you to water no more than twice a week and to water either before 10am or after 4pm. Most people set their irrigation systems accordingly and water in the early am hours (4am, 5am, 6am...). There's less evaporation if you water in these early hours....usually less wind too.

The more you water, the more dependent your lawn will be on the watering. It's better to train your lawn to grow deep roots by watering less frequently but deeply. You also stave off potential lawn problems by having the lawn wet less often (fungus, insect, etc. - a wet lawn can encourage problems with these).

Here's a link to a local extension office. The people who volunteer here will be able to answer all of your lawn questions - it's a great (and free) resource:

http://hillsborough.extension.ufl.edu/
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Old 08-05-2007, 01:37 PM
 
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I agree with riveree that twice a week should be fine. Lots of Florida has sand for soil, and fungus issues are overrated. What I have found is that certain pests will go after a hot stressed lawn while ignoring a properly irrigated slightly wetter lawn. YMMV.
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Old 08-05-2007, 01:46 PM
 
Location: arrlando, flarida
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twice per week... once in the early a.m. and once again in the late afteroon/evening.

i got mine set for like 6 am and again at like 9pm
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Old 08-05-2007, 01:54 PM
 
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I don't water mine in the summer at all. In the dry season three times a week.
(south fla).
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Old 08-05-2007, 03:13 PM
 
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If you have Bahia grass, you can get by with less watering than St.Augustine grass. Bahia is drought tolerant. I have Bahia and I turn my sprinklers off during the summer months.
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Old 08-05-2007, 05:55 PM
 
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My St. Augustine that was in the shade seems far better able to cope with infrequent waterings (some times none).

How often you water really depends on what type of grass you have (the different types vary in their requirements) and whether it's in sun or shade. Generally speaking, almost any plant - grass or otherwise - requires more water in sun.
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Old 08-05-2007, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I haven't watered in a while due to rainy season.
it hasn't rained in two days and if it doesn't rain by this Thursday I will water.
...pichard is the expert on all of this.

so I'll just state what I remember him stating.
don't water St. Augustine at night(you'lll get a fungus)
only water a inch to inch and a half weekly, if I'm not mistaken St. Augustine needs only to be watered once a week. Water in the morning.

W/ Bahai I've noticed that it flurishes furing rainy season and if it gets to hot one day, it'll let you know. But just water it and problem solved.

hope that helps.
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