3 Basic Needs of a Healthy Gainesville Lawn: Water
One of my constant talking points is that a Gainesville lawn needs 3 main ingredients to thrive: water, food, and sun. If it has all three, grass will grow on concrete (not forever, but if it didn’t, we wouldn’t need edgers). If you’re missing one of those three things the lawn won’t get any better regardless of what you do. Today, I want to discuss the importance of water, or more importantly how you can tell if your lawn problem is water-related.
If your lawn developed brown spots last spring in the sunny areas, I’d venture to guess that your problem is water-related. Most of the lawn issues we see in May and June are from the dry spells we experience. These brown spots during droughts are generally caused by one of two things if you have a Gainesville Irrigation system: Improper irrigation coverage or incorrect watering times.
In addition to making sure you get enough water on your lawn, it is just as important to not get too much as well. Ever heard the old saying about there being "Too much of a good thing?" This is the case with water too, especially in the shady areas of your lawn. Not allowing your Gainesville lawn to dry out (whether it's St. Augustine or Zoysia) will cause it to get what's commonly called 'brown patch fungus' and it will damage your lawn if not handled appropriately.
Three Quick Tips to Avoid Over or Under Watering Your Lawn:
- Run your irrigation early in the morning. I set mine to start at 4AM.
- Run your Rotor or Rotator Zones for about 45 minutes. Shrub/Ornamental zones can be set to 25 (deeper root systems).
- Run your irrigation twice per week from March - November, per Alachua County Code.
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