lawn watering - Knowledgebase Question

Montgomery, al
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Question by mcrow1
June 15, 2007
Is it okay to water my lawn just before dark? I live in south Alabama and have Bermuda grass. I turn the sprinkle on for an hour, about 6 pm every other day. The lawn is green even with this drought but a friend told me that the wet grass at night will mold.

Answer from NGA
June 15, 2007
You're courting disaster if you water late in the evening. Your friend is right; a lawn that remains wet overnight is more susceptible to fungal diseases. The key is the number of hours that the grass blades remain wet. A few hours is okay, but studies show 6 or more hours place grasses at risk. If there is some way for you to water in the early morning, say 5 or 6 a.m., I'd recommend doing it then. That way, when the sun comes up, it will dry the grass blades and your lawn won't be quite so susceptible to developing fungal diseases.

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