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Old 05-30-2012, 06:35 PM   #1
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Is it within the realm of possibility that it would be appropriate to reduce watering of 5-day old newly laid empire zoysia to 5-10 minutes per day every other day? I thought deep watering was needed to establish deep root growth? Thx in advance if anyone is able to provide any feedback.

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Old 05-30-2012, 06:54 PM   #2
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Deep watering is desirable to encourage deep root growth but your sod is still new and it is unlikely much of it has rooted into the soil so right now you are just growing the transplant layer. You actually risk overwatering it if you get it too soggy.

There is no magic formula for when the sod will take any more than there is for when seed will germinate. You have to watch it carefully and not let it dry out.

Did you roll it to make sure you got good surface contact between the sod and the prepared soil bed? Hopefully you watered it as you laid it and did not wait until you were done? The sod was nice and fresh?


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Old 05-30-2012, 06:56 PM   #3
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Is it within the realm of possibility that it would be appropriate to reduce watering of 5-day old newly laid empire zoysia to 5-10 minutes per day every other day? I thought deep watering was needed to establish deep root growth? Thx in advance if anyone is able to provide any feedback.

when i laid mine they said to water daily for 3 weeks,and then twice a week to a depth of 6 inches,which means my watering system had to run for an hour to put an inch of water down.

They also said it would take 5 months for it to establish itself.
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It was day old because installation guy wouldn't lay it the same day it was delivered from s. fl saying it was too late in the day.... beautiful sod tho....not watered before it went down but an hour's run immediately after and another hour the next morning....machine was used on it yesterday to push it down.

I understand there's no magic formula but having been diagnosed with a shallow root system on a Seville lawn that was put down a couple of years ago and didn't make it, just can't hardly imagine that 5 to 10 minutes every other day would be appropriate this time around despite it being zoysia....but what I can or can't imagine aren't what I KNOW lol, thus the question
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Canary, how long has it been down and how does it look now?
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:33 PM   #6
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Annie,

You need to water daily to get it established. Once Empire is established, twice a week deep waterings will be just fine to encourage deep root growth. Empire has an extremely deep root system if not given water frequently. That said, it needs the watering for the first few weeks and months to get established. You can sign up for seasonal maintenance videos at empireturf.com.
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Thanks, Jeff and Mildred.

And welcome to the site, Jeff....I think we've both hit pay dirt & may learn some good stuff here!
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Canary, how long has it been down and how does it look now?


It's been down 1 year and looks great.
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Excellent work, Canary - keep up the good work - and thx again for your response!

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