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Question: Last September 2006 I laid down sod in the front of my house, (first time lawn brand new house)in the begining of the spring i was watering twice a day for 40 minutes, I notice that the fornt the water wasn't draining and about 8 ft is brown from excess of water, now I am watering once a day for 20 minutes it is going better.
What can I do to make the 8 ft that got brown, green again? fertilizer? I aplied April and May Fertilizer, is there anything that I can buy?
that wouldn't harm the grass, and it would help to bring it back?
I will be waiting for advice

Answer: Grass does best in soil that is evenly moist yet well drained. That means it should be damp like a wrung out sponge, not sopping wet and not dried out. Ordinarily you would not water established turf on a daily basis. You would dig into the soil with your finger to see if you need to water. If the soil is still damp, do not water yet. When you do water, water slowly and thoroughly so it soaks down about six inches,to the deepest grass roots. If you are not certain how effective the watering is, you can wait a few hours after watering and then dig down to see how far the water went. Keep in mind that on a slope, the top of the hill will be drier than the bottom of the hill where all the excess water drains. Overwatering combined with poor drainage might have killed the grass in that area. If it is not growing at all, it is probably dead and would need to be replaced. You may need to adjust your watering method to account for that difference.

I would also suggest you work with your local county extension to develop your lawn care plan. Fertilizing would be based on the results of soil tests -- you do not want to overfertilize (or underfertilize).

In the meanitme you may find some helpful information at the following Cornell extension web site. You may need to cut and paste the complete url into your browser to make it work correctly.

Good luck with your new lawn -- and enjoy your new home!

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