Maintenance And Lawn Care in Los Angeles

Most of you are coming here because we just installed a new lawn for you, and you are checking to see what the watering schedule is supposed to be.

Summer – is it going to be 100 degrees today ? Are the Santa Anna winds blowing and drying out your Lawn ? Water your lawn, follow the instructions.

Fall, Winter, Spring – is it going to rain today ?  If it’s going to rain today, you don’t need to water your grass today.

Watering Instructions and Lawn Care in Los Angeles

First Week : 

Water 3 times a day (4am, 8am, 4pm) *15 minutes each time

Second Week

Water 2 times a day (6am, 4pm) *15 minutes each time

Third Week

Water 1 time per day (6am) *15 minutes each time

Normal Watering Schedule.

Per Los Angeles County watering instructions. Not more than 15 minutes each zone. Not between the hours of 9am through 4pm.We recommend 6am as the best time of day to begin watering any plant.

If you have an even numbered street address

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

If you have an odd numbered street address

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

* 15 minutes should be scaled back as soon as you get a lot of mushrooms. A couple of mushrooms is ok, in fact a couple of mushrooms is a good sign that we are watering enough, but if a lot of mushrooms are coming up we should scale back the 15 minutes to 10 minutes and see if the mushrooms stop coming up. Scale back again to just 5 minutes if too many mushrooms are still coming up. When you get into a different weekly watering schedule where you are watering one time less per day for that week, go ahead and go back to the 15 minutes per watering and then scale back again if too many mushrooms come up.

Seasonal Care

Fertilizing: Fertilize once with a 3-1-2 ratio (e.g. 21-7-14). Fertilizing: None
Watering: Water every 5-10 days, depending on the weather, to a soil depth of 4-6 inches. Watering: As dormant grass, water to a soil depth of 8-10 inches once a month, or less if it rains.
Mowing: Recommend regular mowing DO NOT mow or walk on frosted turf. Mowing: None, dormant
Dethatch/Aerify: None Dethatch/Aerify: None
Seeding: None Seeding: None
Sodding: Available Year Round Sodding: None, dormant
Pre-Emergent Weed Control: None Pre-Emergent Weed Control: None
Fertilizing: Fertilize once with a 3-1-2 ratio (e.g. 21-7-14). Fertilizing: None
Watering: Water every 5-10 days, depending on the weather, to a soil depth of 4-6 inches. Watering: As dormant grass, water to a soil depth of 8-10 inches once a month, or less if it rains.
Mowing: Recommend regular mowing DO NOT mow or walk on frosted turf. Mowing: None, dormant
Dethatch/Aerify: None Dethatch/Aerify: None
Seeding: None Seeding: None
Sodding: Available Year Round Sodding: None, dormant
Pre-Emergent Weed Control: None Pre-Emergent Weed Control: None
March 20th, 4:21 P.M. PST -- the start of spring the spring equinox day and night are approximately 12 hours long and the Sun is at the midpoint of the sky. Our north pole tilts towards the Sun.
Fertilizing: Fertilize once with a 3-1-2 ratio (e.g. 21-7-14). Fertilizing: None
Watering: Deep water (8-10 inches) every 3-5 days. Watering: As dormant grass, water to a soil depth of 8-10 inches once a month, or less if it rains.
Mowing: Recommend regular mowing DO NOT mow or walk on frosted turf. Mowing: None, dormant
Dethatch/Aerify: None Dethatch/Aerify: None
Seeding: None Seeding: None
Sodding: Available Year Round Sodding: None, dormant
Pre-Emergent Weed Control: To control spring and early summer weeds, apply one time March 1-15 in. Follow label directions. Pre-Emergent Weed Control: To control spring and early summer weeds, apply one time March 1-15. Follow label directions.
Tall Fescue St Augustine/Bermuda
Fertilizing: Fertilize once with a 3-1-2 ratio (e.g. 21-7-14) Fertilizing: Fertilize once with a 3-1-2 ratio (e.g. 21-7-14)
Watering: Deep water (8-10 inches) every 3-5 days..  Watering: Deep water (8-10 inches) every 5-7 days
Mowing: Maintain at 1 1/2 inch or greater to help with drought tolerance in warm weather.  Mowing: Mow at minimum recommended height to encourage turf density.
Dethatch/Aerify: None  Dethatch / Aerify: None
Seeding: None Seeding: None
Sodding: Available Year Round  Sodding: Bermuda Sod and St. Augustine Sod available
Pre-Emergent Weed Control: None Pre-Emergent Weed Control: None
Tall Fescue St Augustine/Bermuda
Fertilizing: Fertilize once with a 3-1-2 ratio (e.g. 21-7-14) Fertilizing: Fertilize once with a 3-1-2 ratio (e.g. 21-7-14)
Watering: Deep water (8-10 inches) every 3-5 days.. Watering: Deep water (8-10 inches) every 3-5 days
Mowing: Maintain at 1/2 inch with a reel mower and 3/4 inch with a rotary mower until the over seed (OSR) dies. Mowing: Mow progressively higher to recommended height
Dethatch/Aerify: After May 15 Dethatch / Aerify: After May 15
Seeding: Common or turf type bermuda grass Seeding: Common or turf type bermudagrass
Sodding: Non-overseeded sod available (hybrid bermuda and BOBsod) Sodding: Non-overseeded sod available (hybrid bermuda and BOBsod)
Pre-Emergent Weed Control: None Pre-Emergent Weed Control: None
June 21, 11:16 A.M. PST--the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, the Sun is at its most northern point in the sky. After this date, the days start getting shorter.
Tall Fescue St Augustine/Bermuda
Fertilizing: Fertilize once with a 3-1-2 ratio (e.g. 21-7-14) Fertilizing: Fertilize once with a 3-1-2 ratio (e.g. 21-7-14)
Watering: When it's 90' F and above, deep water every 2-3 days Watering: When it's 90'F and above, deep water every 2-3 days
Mowing: Mow at recommended height. Mowing: Mow at recommended height.
Dethatch/Aerify: Remove thatch when more than 1/2 inch thick. Aerify as needed during the first four weeks of summer.  Dethatch / Aerify: Remove thatch when more than 1/2 inch thick.  Verify as needed during the first four weeks of summer.
Seeding: Common or turf type bermuda grass Seeding: Common or turf type bermuda grass
Sodding: Non-overseeded sod available (hybrid bermuda, BOBsod, and St. Augustine) Sodding: Non-overseeded sod available (hybrid bermuda, BOBsod, and St. Augustine)
Pre-Emergent Weed Control: None Pre-Emergent Weed Control: None
Tall Fescue St Augustine/Bermuda
Fertilizing: Fertilize once with a 3-1-2 ratio (e.g. 21-7-14) Fertilizing: Fertilize once with a 3-1-2 ratio (e.g. 21-7-14)
Watering: When it's 90' F and above, deep water every 2-3 days, reduce lawn watering when it rains. Watering: When it's 90' F and above, deep water every 2-3 days, reduce lawn watering when it rains.
Mowing: Mow at maximum recommended height to enhance stress tolerance. Mowing: Mow at maximum recommended height to enhance stress tolerance.
Dethatch/Aerify: Remove thatch when more than 1/2 inch thick. Aerify as needed during the first four weeks of summer. Dethatch/Aerify: Remove thatch when more than 1/2 inch thick. Aerify as needed during the first four weeks of summer.
Seeding: Common or turf type bermudagrass Seeding: Common or turf type bermudagrass
Sodding: Non-overseeded sod available (hybrid bermuda and BOBsod, ans St. Augustine) Sodding: Non-overseeded sod available (hybrid bermuda and BOBsod, ans St. Augustine)
Pre-Emergent Weed Control: None Soil Amendment: Apply gypsum. Follow label directions Pre-Emergent Weed Control: None Soil Amendment: Apply gypsum. Follow label directions
Tall Fescue St Augustine/Bermuda
Fertilizing: Fertilize once with a 3-1-2 ratio (e.g. 21-7-14) Fertilizing: Fertilize once with a 3-1-2 ratio (e.g. 21-7-14)
Watering: When it's 90' F and above, deep water every 2-3 days, reduce lawn watering when it rains. Watering: When it's 90' F and above, deep water every 2-3 days, reduce lawn watering when it rains.
Mowing: Mow at maximum recommended height to enhance stress tolerance. Mowing: Mow at maximum recommended height to enhance stress tolerance.
Dethatch/Aerify: No later than August 15. Dethatch/Aerify: No later than August 15.
Seeding: Common or turf type bermudagrass. DO NOT plant after August 31. Seeding: Common or turf type bermudagrass. DO NOT plant after August 31.
Sodding: Non-overseeded sod available (hybrid bermuda, BOBsod, and St. Augustine) Sodding: Non-overseeded sod available (hybrid bermuda, BOBsod, and St. Augustine)
Pre-Emergent Weed Control: If you're NOT going to overseed this fall, to control winter annual weeds apply once August 25-September 15 in Phoenix; September 1-21 in Tucson. Pre-Emergent Weed Control: If you're NOT going to overseed this fall, to control winter annual weeds apply once August 25-September 15 in Phoenix; September 1-21 in Tucson.
September 23, 2:05 A.M. PST--Fall begins at the autumn equinox. Day and night are about 12 hours long and the Sun is at the midpoint in the sky. The north pole moves away from the Sun.
Tall Fescue St Augustine/Bermuda
Fertilizing: Do not fertilize 4-6 weeks before overseeding Fertilizing: Fertilize once with a 3-1-2 ratio (e.g. 21-7-14) only if you DO NOT intend to overseed
Watering: When it's 90' F and above, deep water every 2-3 days; below 90' F, water every 3-5 days (DO NOT shut the water off completely- it could hurt the bermuda grass). Watering: When it's 90' F and above, deep water every 2-3 days; below 90' F, water every 3-5 days
Mowing: Mow at maximum recommended height to enhance stress tolerance. If temperatures drop below 100' F begin to lower mowing height in preparation for overseeding (OSR). Mowing: Mow at maximum recommended height to enhance stress tolerance.
Dethatch/Aerify: None Dethatch/Aerify: None
Seeding: None Seeding: None
Sodding: Non-overseeded sod available (hybrid bermuda, BOBsod, and St. Augustine) Sodding: Non-overseeded sod available (hybrid bermuda, BOBsod, and St. Augustine)
Pre-Emergent Weed Control: None Pre-Emergent Weed Control: None
Tall Fescue St Augustine/Bermuda
Fertilizing: Do not fertilize 4-6 weeks before overseeding. Do not fertilize OSR until after 1st mowing. Fertilizing: Fertilize once with a 3-1-2 ratio (e.g. 21-7-14)
Watering: After overseeding, 3-4 times daily for 5-10 minutes to keep seeds damp until germination. Watering: Deep water (8-10 inches) every 3-7 days
Mowing: Mow bermuda progressively (over 2-3 weeks) lower to 1/2 inch with a reel mower, 3/4 inch with a rotary mower, to prepare for overseeding. When OSR is 2 inches, barely mow the ryegrass, no lower than 1 1/2 inches. Once established (when each plant has 3 to 4 blades), can lower height. Mowing: If not dormant, mow at maximum recommended height to enhance stress tolerance.
Dethatch/Aerify: Before overseeding, lightly dethatch only if necessary to ensure rye seed has soil contact. Dethatch/Aerify: None
Seeding: When nighttime temperatures are below 65' or it's less than 78' 83' daytime, overseed with rye for winter color and protect dormant bermuda. Seeding: None
Sodding: Non-overseeded sod available (hybrid bermuda and BOBsod) Sodding: Non-overseeded sod available (hybrid bermuda and BOBsod)
Pre-Emergent Weed Control: After third mowing to control winter annual weeds apply once by November 30. Pre-Emergent Weed Control: None
Tall Fescue St Augustine/Bermuda
Fertilizing: Do not fertilize OSR until after 1st mowing Watering: After OSR is established, water every 3-10 days to a soil depth of 4-6 inches Fertilizing: None
Watering: None Watering: Prior to grass going dormant, water every 5-10 days. Once grass goes dormant, water to a soil depth of 8-10 inches once a month, or less if it rains.
Mowing: When OSR is 2 inches, barely mow the ryegrass, no lower than 1 1/2 inches. Once established (when each plant has 3 to 4 blades), can lower height. Mowing: None
Dethatch/Aerify: None Dethatch/Aerify: None
Seeding: When nighttime temperatures are below 65' or it's less than 78'-83' daytime, overseed with rye for winter color and to protect dormant bermuda. Overseeding should be completed no later than November 15. Seeding: None
Sodding: Overseeded sod (OSR) available (hybrid bermuda and BOBsod) Sodding: None
Pre-Emergent Weed Control: After third mowing to control winter annual weeds apply once by November 30. Pre-Emergent Weed Control: None
Tip: After the last cut on Bermuda or St. Augustine is a good time to have the mower blades sharpened for the first cut of spring
Tall Fescue St Augustine/Bermuda
Fertilizing: Fertilize once with a 3-1-2 ratio (e.g. 21-7-14) Fertilizing: None
Watering: After OSR is established, water every 4-14 days, to a soil depth of 4-6 inches Watering: As dormant grass, water to a soil depth of 8-10 inches once a month, or less if it rains.
Mowing: After OSR is established (when each plant has 3 to 4 blades), recommend lower mowing height Mowing: None, dormant
Dethatch/Aerify: None Dethatch/Aerify: None
Seeding: None Seeding: None
Sodding: Overseeded sod (OSR) available (hybrid bermuda and BOBsod) Sodding: None
Pre-Emergent Weed Control: None Pre-Emergent Weed Control: None