- Water in the early morning hours. Early morning water prevents water loss from evaporation.
- Water slowly & deeply so the soil absorbs 6" to 8" deep.
- 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.
- When possible, use water-efficient irrigation systems, such as a soaker hose, or drip irrigation.
- Use an automatic timer and attach a rainfall sensor to turn off the irrigation system if significant rainfall has occurred.
- Only irrigate turf in high-impact, visible areas of the landscape.
- Design turf areas in practical shapes that can be mowed and irrigated easily. For example, avoid sharp angles and long, narrow strips.
- Fertilize less and use slow-release fertilizers.
- Reduce fertilizer application rate after establishment. This is particularly important prior to or during dry periods.
- Leave grass clippings on the turf to help supply recycled nutrients and reduce the need for additional fertilizer.
- Raise the mower blade during dry weather. Cutting the grass higher encourages deeper rooting, increases turf survival during drought and reduces water demand.
- Always keep the mower blade sharp--dull blades shred leaf tips, causing the turf to use more water.
- 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|
|K 31 Tall Fescue||Low||Low Medium|
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