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Jul 13, 2013 12:10PM
Sometimes I wonder where "they" get their "experts"......from another planet. Watering your lawn or any other part of your landscape can vary dramatically all over the United States. No "1" answer will work for everyone.  I live in the Arizona desert and if we do not water at night it all evaporates in minutes from our 110 plus degrees during the day and at times never below 90 degrees at night.  You even see commercial sprinklers on at night.  I wish "they": would at least have an "expert" who is open minded enough to know the difference around the country.

Jul 13, 2013 11:58AM
In 2 statements I can prove that the first slide saying watering the lawn in the evening is very bad is BS:

It does not rain only in the morning, it rains at any time of day, including the evening.

Dew falls almost every night in my region, so the lawn is wet almost every night.

Even with nature doing what is stated as the worst thing that it can possibly do to my lawn at night, i.e. making the grass wet overnight, we do not have lawn fungus and other diseases.  In fact our lawns are very healthy right now due to abundant rain, falling sometimes (GASP!) in the evening.

Watering in the evening when the temps are lower and the water has a chance to do a long soak in is the right thing to to.
Jul 13, 2013 11:21AM
I drink lots of beer in the evening and then go over and water the neighbor's lawn
Jul 13, 2013 9:38AM
I don't think your lawn expert is really very wise,  I've lived in my home 20 years the water runs 3 times a week 20 minutes per station and starts at 1 am , the lawn is beautiful free of weeds and fungus  try again.
Jul 13, 2013 7:30AM
I like the twice per week watering cycle I run my zones about 20 minutes average per watering. my temps run 95 to100 degrees July August.......... start them early mornings when possible. 
Jul 13, 2013 6:56AM
Right! Matt Maurer says don't let your grass get wet at night...hey grass expert, my lawn is wet every night, here in pacific northwest we call it dew. I have a gorgeous green healthy lawn free from fungus and pests. How you ask, well let me tell you.  I do not fertilize, I mulch, no need for fertilizers when you have organic matter breaking down.  I mow twice weekly and immediately water afterward, just enough to wet clippings so as to get them to soil level and promote breakdown. That's it that's all, unless there are too many dandelions, which I remedy with white vinegar, it kills anything and doesn't cause your children to be born with a third eye. Save the planet, harpoon Monsanto and apparently Matt Maurer too...any relation to Joe?
Jul 13, 2013 6:28AM

Basically, this is a HUGE waste of water!

I don't water the lawn....we have too much....5(+/-) acres just in the front & sides.  But I don't water lawns anyway.  They only time I've watered was to get grass seed to germinate.  Then nature takes over.


Having a "perfect" lawn just shows how wasteful and rather stupid people are.  Waste of electric & water & money and polluting our water systems with the over use of lawn chemicals.


Aug 4, 2012 9:03AM
My suggestion for watering the lawn is to break it up.  That is break up the time you water each zone.  If you water for twenty minutes, water each zone for ten minutes, then repeat the cycle two more times.  It alloys the water to soak in better and you will conserve more water.  I also love the idea of twice a week watering.  That message needs to go out to all the comercial buildings with a lawn.
Aug 4, 2012 8:26AM

Fungus for over night watering?  What about when it rains over night?

That is a very old misconception.  The daytime heating and evaporation will not allow the water to sit on the grass blade long enough to form significant fungus growth.

The Best Watering Practice is whenever the sun is not up, water in multiple Sessions.  Water for A short period to allow the soil to become moistened to prevent run off and promote soil and root absorption.  Then repeat the process.

Don't forget to Lime and dethatch.

Aug 4, 2012 6:58AM

Worst lawn that I have ever seen in th ephoto above.

Aug 4, 2012 6:19AM
Once a week is NOT an option in Texas. As long as your grass doesn't have standing water on it for a prolonged time then you can not over water when the temp is over 100 and does not drop below 80 at night. I can only water twice a week per city restrictions so I water for 10 min's per zone in the morning and then 10 min's per zone in the evening to avoid run off, which gives my lawn about 2 1/2 in. per week. Then if I see areas that need extra water I water those by hand as needed during the week.
Where I'm from watering is not an issue, Yet!  U.S. Northwest
Aug 4, 2012 5:47AM
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Aug 4, 2012 5:39AM

Dislike the whole - don't water at night - guess these people don't work or live where there are water restrictions!  The only time you can water here is before 10 AM and after 6PM.


Maybe these experts should check around and notice most of us use hoses not underground

automatic watering systems.


So often "experts" just are not.

Aug 4, 2012 5:13AM

In general, the article information is good. Basic, but good. DEFINITELY work in harmony with local conditions and with advice from local experts. HOWEVER, The information associated with slide 8 is definitely misleading. Compacted clay soils will cause water  run-off in less than 15 minutes. The soak and cycle process should be based upon 2 to 3 minute applications, not 30 minute. Degree of slope will exaggerate the run-off.


Contact local University Extension offices or Landscape Contractor Association offices for help.

Aug 4, 2012 4:39AM
Just checked your photos old man.. you should go dig a hole and bury your self and hope someone waters you correctly, so you can grow some balls... that's what it's about not a dating site..
Aug 4, 2012 4:03AM
Why don't you get the trash off this site about dating and being lonely? Let them go to a dating site. This site happens to be for the comments about the articles that we have just read. I think we can always learn something from soneone else that has experienced the situation. I agree with the people that say, Just dig them out!
Aug 4, 2012 3:53AM
Yeah  hook up your Hose to the neighbors spicket...
Aug 4, 2012 3:12AM
pretty funny since most of us are under drought conditions,but reality never stopped you did it?
Aug 4, 2012 12:21AM
what a waste of water...we are a stupid country
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