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MLoehr

06:39AM | 07/30/03
Member Since: 05/12/03
13 lifetime posts
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Hi again- I just installed a inground sprinkler system in my yard. 41 heads, 12 zones. 2 of the 12 zones are well breaks, so I really only have 10 working zones. I am looking for the optimal watering schedule. I live in the North East (Douglas, MA which in located in Central, MA.) I am very anal about my yard and my lawn and like to keep it green and cut like Agusta National. Right now I have each zone to come on at 2am for 20 minutes a zone every and then come on again at 3pm for 10 minutes a zone every other day. Should I change the pattern to every day and shorten? I read an article recommending to wather in 10 minute intervals 2 times a day for better absorption. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

k smith

07:04AM | 07/30/03
Member Since: 07/09/03
71 lifetime posts
im assuming you have either bentgrass or blue grass up that far north. cool season grasses are much more succeptable to disease than warm season turf so water management is important. turfgrasses are always healthier when maintained a little on the dry side and at the highest hieght of cut tolerable. most irrigation clocks have at least 3 program options for seasonal needs. one should be set for spring and fall needs, one for summer, and one for winter. this way, all you have to do is change one swith as seasons change. the first thing i would do is stop the afternoon watering because most of it evaporates anyway. it is not good water conservation. unless you have hydrophobic soils or too muth thatch, one watering should do fine. depending on your weather, i would think that about 20 minutes every other day would be more than adequate, however many factors dictate optimal moisture like cutting hieght, soil type turf type, and the the g.p.m. that your heads apply. well now that i have confused you, i hope it helped out.

MLoehr

03:56AM | 07/31/03
Member Since: 05/12/03
13 lifetime posts
Thanks for the tip. What's the optimal hrs of the day??? Sound I run it between 2am and 6am or between 6am and 10am? I've hear mix reviews about watering a night. Some say it's better some say it's worse.

k smith

04:15AM | 07/31/03
Member Since: 07/09/03
71 lifetime posts
the longer the foliage stays wet, the more time fungi has to grow. try 5am-730am or so. after 8am the wind is likely to interfere with the sprinkler coverage.
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