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by Byerly Woodward
on March 7, 2014 at 8:31 PM
one thing that lawn specialists forget is that most folk's lawns are a mixture of about 8 different kinds of plants/grasses/weeds. I did a survey in my neighborhood today and no one has a purely grass lawn. Since winter and summer grass types have different requirements, this makes it complicated to know what to do regarding watering, cutting, fertilizing, etc.
by Chuck Ingels
on March 10, 2014 at 3:21 PM
That's true, but many people do have solid cool-season lawns, such as tall fescue. I would say that unless your lawn is solid bermudagrass, buffalograss, or other warm-season grass, you should probably water based on the needs of a cool-season lawn because there are probably cool-season grass species in the mix. But then again, since we're in a drought, it may be best to water based on the needs of a warm-season grass and only those species will survive and your lawn should still survive and look reasonably good.  
Thanks for the comment.
by American National Sprinkler & Lighting
on May 6, 2014 at 12:48 PM
Great post about irrigation. You are 100% correct, proper installation of irrigation systems can make the difference between spending and saving money. We always suggest doing a full check in spring to make sure there were no tears or punctures in the system, to be on the safe side.
by SB Evolution Landscape
on March 14, 2017 at 6:28 PM
Great tips for efficient irrigation management. Troubleshooting problems with your system is also crucial: observe the throw of sprinkler heads while they're running--a long distance can be affected by wind patterns and change the intended coverage of the heads; evaluate the head-to-head spacing to determine gaps or areas of over-watering; check the controllers to ensure the timers are set properly; etc.
by Bob
on March 15, 2019 at 6:27 PM
I like your tip about stopping the effects of drought. That makes sense considering irrigation is highly effective. I'll have to consider your tips when it comes to getting water to my property.
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