Weather is getting hot in Salt Lake City, noticed the lawn is not looking as healthy as it did in early spring (imagine that). In an attempt to get the green back I started looking into the advanced zone settings. I wanted to get the most accurate data put into the app to see what it could do.
First was a soil test to determine soil type; perfect - Sandy Loam.
Next was nozzle type, rotor head default was perfect. On to the next
Area, used the online tool to set up my sqft. Next.
Root depth… hmmmmmmmmm. Well, I took a core sample in the front yard, found out my roots went down 3.5". Took a sample in my backyard (new sod) and found the root depth very shallow (figured) at 2". This was a big difference from the 6" default.
My question is should the root depth be set to the actual root depth, slightly longer to encourage the roots to grow deeper, or left at default (6") which sort of seems like a waste of water to me?
I also dropped the MAD down to 40% based on some other posts I read on here to increase frequency.
I am in year 2 of reviving this lawn after the previous homeowners, I can only guess, had the lawn care prowess of a newborn child. I want the roots to grow deeper so I can maintain a beautiful looking lawn through these summer months without watering everyday but I feel like the deep watering that is occurring now is not benefiting me.
I am conditioned the soil with Humate (IFA) twice a year and also use IFA’s 4-step program after its fantastic results on my last home so feeding is not a problem.
Any advice would be appreciated, thank you!