Tips for a Healthy Lawn

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  1. Water in the early morning hours. Early morning water prevents water loss from
    evaporation.
  2. Water slowly & deeply so the soil absorbs 6" to 8" deep.
  3. Generally, an established turf area needs only 1" of water every 7 to 10 days. Ground saturation encourages shallow root growth, which causes the grass to lose its ability to survive drought.
  4. When possible, use water-efficient irrigation systems, such as a soaker hose, or drip irrigation.
  5. Use an automatic timer and attach a rainfall sensor to turn off the irrigation system if significant rainfall has occurred.
  6. Only irrigate turf in high-impact, visible areas of the landscape.
  7. Design turf areas in practical shapes that can be mowed and irrigated easily.  For example, avoid sharp angles and long, narrow strips.
  8. Fertilize less and use slow-release fertilizers.
  9. Reduce fertilizer application rate after establishment. This is particularly important prior to or during dry periods.
  10. Leave grass clippings on the turf to help supply recycled nutrients and reduce the need for additional fertilizer.
  11. Raise the mower blade during dry weather. Cutting the grass higher encourages deeper rooting, increases turf survival during drought and reduces water demand.
  12. Always keep the mower blade sharp--dull blades shred leaf tips, causing the turf to use more water.
  13. Aerate when required to relieve soil compaction and increase air and water movement into the soil-especially on slopes.

Water Use Requirements & Drought Resistance of Common Georgia Turf Grasses

 Common Name Water Use Drought Resistance
 Tiftway Bermuda Very low Very high
 Common Bermuda Very low Very high
 Raleigh St. Augustan Very low Very high
 Rebel II Tall Fescue Very low Medium
 Centipedegrass Low Low
 Meyer Zoysia Low Low
 K 31 Tall Fescue Low Low Medium

For Drought information, click here.