What Irrigation Schedule Works Best After Turfgrass Installation?

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What Irrigation Schedule Works Best After Turfgrass Installation?

Installing Turfgrass is an expensive proposition, so ensuring the longevity

of your new Turfgrass is critical for facility managers and groundskeepers. While it is not always possible to control how much sunlight hits the recently planted grasses, it is possible to control the amount your grass receives and the scheduling of your irrigation. Understanding the way your turfgrass accesses and uses water is the first step in having a green, lush field of grass.

When watering, the goal is not to wet each blade of grass, but rather the goal is to fill the reservoir that the grass will access when it needs sustenance. This area is known as the root zone. Effectively speaking, the root zone of Turfgrass extends approximately six inches below the surface of the soil, so water that saturates deeper than that is wasted time, money, and resources. Also important to know is the rate of evaporation in your area, which can be ascertained by the local weather service.

The best time to irrigate your Turfgrass is at either dusk or dawn. Irrigating during the heat of the day risks losing a great deal of your water to evaporation, and puts your grass in danger of burning and yellowing as the sun hits the dew drops on your grass. By watering when the sun is not at its zenith, you give the water time to seep down into your root zone. Additionally, watering on windy days allows the water to be dispersed over a greater distance, so your calculations regarding water usage might be compromised.

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