WHAT CAN I DO FOR MY LAWN - Knowledgebase Question

WAIANAE, Ha
Question by ROCKSHONEY
November 19, 2009
I LIVE IN WAIANAE, HI WHICH IS ONE OF THE HOTTEST AREAS ON THIS ISLAND. I RECENTLY TOOK A TRIP FOR TWO WKS AND NO ONE WAS TAKING CARE OF MY LAWN. WHICH IS NOW BROWN INSTEAD OF GREEN WITH BALD SPOTS SPARATICALLY AROUND MY YARD. I DON'T KNOW WHERE TO START AND HOW TO DO IT. PLUS, THERE'S A DIFFERENT TYPE OF GRASS/WEED THAT'S GROWING IN SOME OF THOSE BALD AREAS.PLEASE HELP AND LET ME KNOW WHAT TO DO.


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Answer from NGA
November 19, 2009

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I think you'll be surprised how quickly a drought stressed lawn will green up when given adequate water. Start by pulling or raking out the weedy grasses in the bare spots and overseeding, then watering your lawn deeply once or twice a week. Deep soakings are best. Turfgrass needs about one inch of water per week in order to thrive. You can check to see how much water your sprinklers put out by setting some empty tuna or cat food cans on the lawn and turning on the sprinklers for 15 minutes. Check to see how much water has collected in the cans. This will give you an idea of how long to run your sprinklers to provide an inch of water. I think it will green up quickly. Best wishes with your lawn!

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