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Proper Watering

Test your sprinkler output and consistency of coverage: Place flat-bottom cups or cans within the sprinkler pattern and measure the water over a given time. Make adjustments as necessary so the entire lawn is watered evenly.

Water early in the morning, or when the winds are calm and enough daylight is left to dry the leaves before nightfall.

Apply enough water to wet the rootzone to 6 to 8 inches deep with each irrigation, and let the soil dry partially between irrigations.To avoid producing runoff, run the sprinklers in cycles, turning sprinklers on for 10 minutes, turning them off to let the water soak in, then repeating.

Adjust the watering schedule depending on weather, seasons and rainfall. Grasses generally require more water during their active growing season than when they're dormant, though all grasses need an average of 1-2 inches of water per week in summer; cool season grasses can take more than this in winter.

New seedings and spriggings require intensive irrigation to ensure successful establishment.

Seedings require light and frequent watering to ensure that the seed and surface of the soil are constantly moist.

Plan to keep the soil moist for up to 30 days following planting. During hot days this may necessitate 3 or 4 light waterings during the day to provide adequate moisture for rapid and successful germination. If the soil dries out during the germination process, the seedling is likely to die.

Areas sodded and plugged also require intensive irrigation. However, frequent light watering is only required until the sod or plug is rooted. Once sod or plugs are rooted, irrigate every second or third day.