If you have not turned on your irrigation system for this season, now it the time to run a system check and make sure everything is operating properly. Temperatures were almost 20 degrees Fahrenheit above normal this past week. We are looking at about 40-50% of summer evaporation and transpiration rate. A lot of shrubs are starting to come out of dormancy and turf grasses along concrete areas are starting to green up due to the warmer soil temperatures along the concrete. Hopefully we will get some rain this week to supplement the already dry conditions. I checked turf soil moisture on my property and the top 2 inches of the soil is pretty dry. Had to go down to 3" before my soil moisture probe read WET.
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Monday, February 3, 2014
With all the crazy weather we have been having, freezing one day and 76 degrees the next, it's hard to know how much we should be watering our warm season grass this time of year. Even though the grass is dormant and is not growing lush green leaves above ground, the roots still need to be watered and will grow this time of year. Same goes for trees, a lot of their energy is put towards establishing roots this time of year.
Below is a snap shot of a email I received today from the Texas A&M webtool. This is a FREE tool that is available to anyone. Answer a few questions and it will email you how much water you should apply to your lawn. Here is the link to the website. http://texaset.tamu.edu/
Contact us if you have any questions on how much run time this translates to for your system
firstname.lastname@example.org , 512-769-2351
I will publish this recommendation to the blog weekly. This is a conservative watering amount.