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Old 2012-07-10, 12:21 PM
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Default Keeping the grass alive?!

I can't remember there being a drier summer in all the years I've lived in Ottawa. Given that much of the country has been experience drier than normal conditions, do folks have recommendations on how best to keep your lawn alive, short of watering it daily.

Our lawn gets a ridiculous amount on sunlight (some areas get direct sunlight from 7am - 8pm), and being in a newer subdivision, there is little to no shade from the builder planted trees. I would like to avoid having to pick up a part-time job in order to feed my water bill and keep my grass green-ish.

Water daily? Water for a long time every few days? Resist mowing the lawn?

Any suggestion, recommendations, or best practices in keep the lawn green would be recommended.
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Old 2012-07-10, 02:42 PM
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My grass is kind of yellowy also but mainly in the front. This past spring, I overseeded with sunny seed but in the backyard only so that's why my front looks worse. I think next spring, I will overseed with the heat/draught seed all over.
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Old 2012-07-10, 05:55 PM
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grass needs 1 inch per week - a good soak is better than daily watering

I do mine in sections so something gets watered every day (early morning)

raise the lawn mower as high as it will go (when there is something to cut)

no fertilizer
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Old 2012-07-10, 10:06 PM
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A new lawn needs a good soak daily so that the water gets down under the sod and attracts the roots into the soil beneath. If there is no water, the roots will not take.
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Old 2012-07-11, 07:54 AM
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This has been the worst summer for a new lawn. We had our sod put down about 3 weeks ago and I don't think there has been even a drop of rain since then, not looking forward to my next water bill at all.
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Old 2012-07-16, 09:07 AM
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A new lawn ( not yet or just barley rooted) you should put down a STARTER fertilizer this will have a very low nitrogen (1st #) high phosphorus (middle #) and mid range potash (last #) Follow the directions on the back for the proper amount. Commercially I use 8-32-16. Daily watering should be in early morning to prevent evaporation it should be at lower volume for longer time to allow it to soak in deep for deep root development.
The new sod I put down at my house is nice dark green right now by following this.
If you have the option to do it the fertilizer will give best results if put down before the sod goes down.
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Old 2012-07-16, 03:48 PM
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We were specifically instructed not to fertilize our lawns until the following year.

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Your sod was fertilized at the sod farm prior to installation. Therefore, no fertilizer should be applied for at least one year. After that, we recommend that you fertilize your lawn once every spring and again in the fall.
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Old 2012-07-17, 12:09 PM
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A new lawn needs a good soak daily so that the water gets down under the sod and attracts the roots into the soil beneath. If there is no water, the roots will not take.
Just make sure to check town by-laws for time of day and day of week you can water.
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Just make sure to check town by-laws for time of day and day of week you can water.
most bylaws have an exemption for freshly laid sod.
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Old 2012-07-23, 10:00 AM
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most bylaws have an exemption for freshly laid sod.
Every town is different. Should check what your town specifies.
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