Plant Irrigation – Bermudagrass

Q: I’m starting bermuda from seed. Is it true that you shouldn’t water in the evening when you’re starting your seed? When I water in the mornings, the ground dries by noon.

A: Watering in the evening may keep the seeds moist longer but it also gives fungi more time to attack. You’ll get brown patch or pythium disease on the little seedlings and they will be gone in a flash. It’s best to water new seedlings in the morning and again in mid-afternoon. Time it so the tiny grass blades have time to dry off before nightfall. As they mature over the next four weeks, wean them from daily watering until you only need to irrigate once per week with one inch of water.