Turfgrass should receive 1-2 inches of water per week. Irrigate to wet the soil to a depth of 3-6 inches. This might take 2-3 hours. Average lawn sprinklers apply .25 to .5 inch per hour. Allow a 20% overlap of the irrigation pattern. An easy way to figure how long it takes to get 1 inch of water, is to place a pan at least 1 inch deep in the area being irrigated, and time how long it takes to get 1 inch of water in the pan. Certain areas of the lawn that are on steep slopes may require more frequent watering because of the loss from run-off.
These recommendations are designed for established turfgrass, Newly seeded or sodded lawns have different requirements until they become established. For answers to questions about this or anything else, please give us a call at (205) 665-5448.
Grass Species Mowing Height
Improved Bermudagrass .25 to 1.0"
Common Bermudagrass 1.0 to 2.0"
Zoysiagrass .75 to 1.5"
Centipede 1.0 to 2.0"
St. Augustine 2.0 to 3.0"
Tall Fescue 2.5 to 3.5"
Ryegrass 1.5 to 2.5"
For best results, base the mowing schedule on the growth rate of the grass; not the day of the week.
Do not remove more than 1/3 of the leaf, if possible, during any single mowing. If the grass has grown very tall, gradually (over approx. 2 cuts.) reduce the mowing height until the desired height is reached. Rotary mower blades should be sharpened at least once a month. The first 1-2 cuts in the spring should be as low as possible and bagged. Then adjust the cutting height to the desired mowing height. Further cuts should not be bagged unless turf is extremely tall or the proper mowing schedule is not being followed. It is a good practice to change the mowing direction with each cut. When temperatures are above 90 degrees F, it is a good idea to raise the mowing height 0.5 to 1.0 inch above the recommended mowing height.