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Your commercial property is an investment. You’ve invested time, money, and effort into making it look good. Why would you throw that investment away by not maintaining it properly?

Many commercial property owners do! They install beautiful trees and landscaping and hire a mowing service but forget that if there is a drought, meaning less than 1/2″ of water a week, their newly planted trees or plants could fail to thrive. A good test for your turf is if you walk on it and your footprints remain indented in the grass.footprints_grass_drought_proimage

So, what’s an owner or manager to do to make sure their property investment is taken care of in these hotter days of summer? Water!

When it is hot and dry, adjusting the system to supply 1/3 inch of water three times each week may result in higher overall turf quality and conserve more water than two irrigations supplying ½ inch of water each.

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Turfgrass Team has determined how much to water and when:

Sprinklers_hot_months_proimageWhen it is hot and dry, adjusting the system to supply 1/3 inch of water three times each week may result in higher overall turf quality and conserve more water than two irrigations supplying ½ inch of water each.  Excessively wet turfs are prone to disease. To reduce the amount of water lost to evaporation, turfs should be irrigated from 3:00 am to 6:00 am. If this isn’t possible, late morning (10 am to 1 pm) or early afternoon (12 pm to 3 pm) irrigations are recommended. Avoid irrigating from 6:00 am to 9:00 am or in the evening (for example, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm), as this increases the likelihood that the turf will remain moist for an extended period of time and could be attacked by fungal pathogens such as Rhizoctonia and Pythium.

So, there you have it from the researchers themselves. Watering is good but when to water is just as important. How is your watering going?

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