How Long Should You Water Your St. Augustine Grass in Texas?
Call us at 281-431-7441 for the best St. Augustine grass sod available in the Houston area. In this video, Houston Grass South Owner Michael Romine talks about how to water St. Augustine grass — both newly laid sod and established grass.
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How long do you have to water St. Augustine grass? If you look at our tip sheet, we have some guidance there. Depending on the time of year, again, during the growing season, it requires a little bit more than if you plant grass in the fall to wintertime.
If you’re talking about . . . we also break our tip sheet down into new grass, meaning you’re replacing your grass or you’re putting . . . you’ve moved into a new home and you’re putting new grass down, or are we talking about established grass? Meaning the grass has been there 6 or 12 months and it’s doing fine. Then obviously, it takes less and can go with less water.
If we’re talking about watering established St. Augustine grass, there again, we’re talking about 1 inch of water per week during the growing season, meaning when the grass is green, and 1 inch every 2 weeks when the grass is dormant, which means when it is brown. We’re talking, like I say, the late fall and the winter here along the Texas Gulf Coast, that’s the amount of water that we advise.
However, if we’re talking about watering brand new St. Augustine grass sod that we’re just now laying, we normally say that you need to water it 2” to 3” the day you put it down, which is an incredible amount of water. Most people do not realize how long it takes to put down 2” to 3” of water over a large area. You’re probably talking about 6 to 8 hours. You don’t have to do all that at once, but you do need to do that over the period of 1 or 2 days.
If you’re watering new St. Augustine grass sod, you’ll be able to step onto the grass and leave an impression with your foot because it is so wet. The purpose of all that water is to seal that new grass to the existing ground and get rid of any air pockets that might be out there, and also to give the grass a good drink of water since it’s been ripped up from where it was growing, transported, laid back down, and trampled on. It needs every bit of that water that first day.
If we’re talking about summertime, we’re probably watering every day; for sure every day for the first week, and then going to every other day for 45 minutes to 1 hour or so the second week. The cooler and more moderate times of year, you’re watering a little bit less.
There again, that is all something that can be found on our website or on our tip sheet, if you want the very detailed information as to in what month you’re planting it in and whether you’re talking about new grass or established grass.