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MORE WATER LESS OFTEN IS A GOOD RULE OF THUMB
The Truth is water when grass shows signs of wilt. The first signs are the grass blades, they will fold in half lengthwise, turn bluish gray in color, or stay laying over a few minutes ( 10 to 15) after walking on grass. This works year round. When grass shows the first signs of wilt, 3/4 to 1 inch of water will need to be put on grass. The best way to be sure that 3/4 to 1 inch is put on the grass, is to put several cans out in the area being watered, turn on water and let each can fill 3/4 to 1 inch of water. It is best to use Tuna cans or a rain gauge. Be sure to check and see how long it takes by time to get 3/4 to 1 inch of water into can. Those with a sprinkler system that will be the time it takes that area (zone) to put 3/4 to 1 inch of water on grass. Each zone will need to be checked individually, on an average it could take 2 to 4 hours with rotor/gear head. Spray heads 45 to 90 minutes. Both could be longer or rarely shorter times, this is why it is important to check. Shrub beds and grass should not be watered at the same time. Shrubs can typically take 2 to 3 times longer than grass. Plants establish a much larger and deeper root system, thus they can go longer in between watering.
MOWING LONGER IS BETTER THAN SHORTER
Grass cutting is as important as watering, grass should not be more than 1/8 of its length cut at any time. This means you might have to cut two times a week or possibly more during growing season. Knowing the proper cutting height is very important, St. Augustine, grasses other than Seville should be no less than 3 1/2 to 4 inches. Seville should be cut 2 1/2 to 3 inches. Pensacola Bahia grass should not be cut less than 4 inches. Other grasses such as Zoysia, Paspalum, Bermuda and other types of grass are cut to proper heights as needed for such athlete field, road sides and other special needs that may apply.