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Old 06-09-2008, 06:27 PM
 
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Anyone know if you can water new sod daily? I know right now lawn watering is to be done on the weekend...odd/even days depending on house number...Just wasn't sure if there were any exceptions for new sod.

TIA
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Old 06-09-2008, 06:38 PM
 
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Anyone know if you can water new sod daily? I know right now lawn watering is to be done on the weekend...odd/even days depending on house number...Just wasn't sure if there were any exceptions for new sod.

TIA
We are about four weeks out from moving into a new home in York County and have been asking about putting down sod. From what I gather, we can hand water any time and can water as you mentioned with the sprinklers on Saturday or Sunday. There are no exceptions for new sod!

We are being advised NOT to put the new sod down because it needs water everyday and it is too hot and too much of it to hand water with a hose.

So, we will get seed and straw and probably do the sod in the fall if the water restrictions are off. Since more severe restrictions were on all last winter, I don't have much hope for a nice yard for a long while.

Good luck!
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Old 06-09-2008, 07:22 PM
 
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We are about four weeks out from moving into a new home in York County and have been asking about putting down sod. From what I gather, we can hand water any time and can water as you mentioned with the sprinklers on Saturday or Sunday. There are no exceptions for new sod!

We are being advised NOT to put the new sod down because it needs water everyday and it is too hot and too much of it to hand water with a hose.

So, we will get seed and straw and probably do the sod in the fall if the water restrictions are off. Since more severe restrictions were on all last winter, I don't have much hope for a nice yard for a long while.

Good luck!
Thanks for your quick reply...My dh is out the door hand watering now..!

Our sod has been down for about a month...We finally had to cave and get it because the weeds were growing so tall through the straw...My husband tried to keep up with it with a weed waker..but it took 4 hours...Not interested in doing that every week either!

It is coming in pretty good..but could obviously use more water...We have Bermuda sod..

Thanks again!
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Old 06-10-2008, 10:22 AM
 
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Hello!

We were recently advised by Pike Nursery *not* to seed or sod at this time because even if the grass begins to grow, the roots will not grow deep enough in this weather. They advised waiting until fall (or early spring). We were disappointed to have missed the boat, but thankful not to waste the $ seeding and watering.

Good luck!
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Old 06-10-2008, 07:49 PM
 
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does anyone know which type of grass (sod) is the most hardy and needs the least water? Fescue, Bermuda or Kentucky Bluegrass. What are the differences with them?
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Old 06-14-2008, 01:07 PM
 
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My favorite is the Fescue. It's heat and traffic tolerant and when treated right it will stay nice and green throughout the year. Even in the drought conditions it will develop nice deep roots and work to stay green. I'm not a big fan of Bermudagrass which reminds me more of carpet and will turn brown in the winter.
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Old 06-15-2008, 05:35 PM
 
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does anyone know which type of grass (sod) is the most hardy and needs the least water? Fescue, Bermuda or Kentucky Bluegrass. What are the differences with them?
I heard Bermuda was...

I am more of a fan of Fescue...That said, I had to take what the builder was giving!!

Anyway....it is not so bad!! it has kinda grown on me

edited to say: no pun intended, lol
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Old 06-17-2008, 05:31 AM
 
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Your Bermuda will go dormant in the winter - It is a shorter grass. Because it is shorter, it shows up lawn irregularities more than fescue.

Your fescue will go dormant when temperatures go/stay above 90. In the fall and spring you need to cut twice a week and set the lawnmower as high as it will go [4 inches is optimal]

A lot of folks like the Rebel fescues but my experinece with them is a lot of Dallis grass weeds in it.

If your neighbors have fescue they will not appreciate your Bermuda because it is VERY invasive and considered a major weed in fescue lawns

It is too hot here for Kentucky Bluegrass to grow well. You need a southerm blend. We are in the transition zone where grass is a challenge.

I think Spring is the best time for Bermuda planting and Fall is the best time for Fescue. Typically folks aerate and seed fescue right after Labor day.

One guy I knew who had a LOVELY lawn had Bermuda and overseeded it with cheap rye grass in the winter and it was always green. Rye grass is an annual so it won't compete and take over and dies when the Bermuda is coming in.

With Fescue you don't want to overwater as that encourages shallow roots - once it is established a good DEEP watering once a week [about 1" on a water guage] is about right.

I don't know how zoysia does but it is extremely drought tolerant.
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Old 06-17-2008, 07:57 PM
 
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I don't know how zoysia does but it is extremely drought tolerant.
The zoysia dies in the heat down here and will not make it past July even in the shade.

Clemson University is a great resource for turf grass or any other gardening information. I suggest ordering a soil sample kit for $15 to find out what your dealing with in your yard.
Landscape, Garden & Indoor Plants - HGIC @ Clemson University

Home Lawn Care Main Page Clemson University Turfgrass Program
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Old 06-18-2008, 09:48 AM
 
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wow! Great info, grannynancy. That helps a lot with trying to figure it all out. I have a lot of research to do on plants since I'm used to being in Zone 4. I believe this area is zone 7?
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