Lawn care - Knowledgebase Question

Moreno Valley, Ca
Question by qteaperez
July 1, 2009
my grass is only 3 months old and it has dried out tremendously in big spots. I have watered it even with miracle grow. i would love to see it strong and green. Please help me this is the first time in my life to have a lawn. Thank you Kathy Perez from moreno valley calif.

Answer from NGA
July 1, 2009


You didn't include the type of grass you are growing but in your region I suspect it is a mixture of cool and warm season grasses. Cool season grasses will go dormant during the warm weather and warm season grasses will go dormant during the coolest months of the year. To have the healthiest, greenest lawn possible, water deeply once a week (twice if the weather is really hot) to force the roots to penetrate deeply. Deep rooted grasses don't need as much water as those that are shallow rooted, and won't turn brown as easily. (Frequent, light watering will keep the roots close to the surface, making them dry out faster in warm weather and require even more frequent watering.) It's best to measure the amount of water your sprinkler puts out so you'll know how long to keep the water running. Put some tuna cans out on the lawn and turn on the sprinkler. Leave it on for 15 minutes, then check the water level in the cans. If there's not an inch of water in the cans, turn the water on again and continue to time how long it takes to get one inch of water in the cans. This will let your know how long you'll need to water to supply one-inch of water per week to your lawn. Put your lawn on a regular feeding and mowing schedule, too. Feed in April, June, September and December with a 3-1-2 ratio of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium. Mow when blades are 1 1/2" to 2" high. Don't let the grass grow really tall and then mow or you'll take off too much of the living tissue and scalp the lawn!. I hope following the above guidelines will give you the greenest lawn on the block!

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