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Oct 20, 2011
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Dumping buckets of water onto the lawn

Last summer, my husband dug up the whole backyard and put down sod on 3/5th of the backyard and left the other 2/5th for a garden. The sod rooted nicely, but the garden didn't work out - too many critters. So my husband replaced the garden with sod a few days ago.

We have a blow-up pool for our young children. The pool is on the interlocking. Just wondering if dumpling the water from the pool onto the existing lawn or the sod with buckets of water from the pool would be a good or bad idea.

Feels like a waste of water to not use it to water the lawn. But buckets of water leads to uneven water distribution. Also, it's quite forceful when hitting the grass/sod. Is it okay for one but not the other? referring to existing lawn and sod.

thanks!
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It's fine. Just don't do it every day and you're fine. Grass is pretty sturdy, and will like the water during the hot months. Unless you're great with your bucket tossing, it won't be a watering replacement since some grass will be dry, but I do the same thing and the grass quite likes it.
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Grass is pretty hardy, I wouldn't worry about how "harsh" it is. Rather I would be more concerned if your pool has any chemicals in it that the grass don't like.
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Buy a utility pump to drain the pool. Connect it to a garden hose. Connect that to a sprinkler. Fun for the kids while you water the lawn.
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No issue with that especially as we get latter into the summer with less rain.
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Thanks for to those who've chimed in. Just to confirm, it's okay to dump buckets of water onto both the established lawn and the new sod (a few days old).
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jcremer2007 wrote: Thanks for to those who've chimed in. Just to confirm, it's okay to dump buckets of water onto both the established lawn and the new sod (a few days old).
a few days old sod? ....just take care not to disturb it too much until the roots are established but wetting alot perfectly fine.
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Just make sure you're drainage is good. don't want "pools" of water on your grass.
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torontotim wrote: Buy a utility pump to drain the pool. Connect it to a garden hose. Connect that to a sprinkler. Fun for the kids while you water the lawn.
Honestly, if you have time on your hands, just get a piece of plastic tube, run it into the pool and down to a lower part of your yard, and suck on it to create a siphon. It'll be a slow process but you won't flood anything :)
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mbg wrote: Honestly, if you have time on your hands, just get a piece of plastic tube, run it into the pool and down to a lower part of your yard, and suck on it to create a siphon. It'll be a slow process but you won't flood anything :)
a) that assumes a lot about the grade of the yard

b) the objective was to potentially avoid concentration of water in one area
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If you are willing to let your kids soak in it, why would you worry about the lawn soaking in it?
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Is this a pool that you are frequently emptying out and only really setting up for the kids to use for a few days at a time? If you are just emptying it out every so often, then sure, no issue with watering the grass with it. This wouldn't be the type of pool that would have chemicals in it. And even so, I know the grass where my backwash hose ends in the front yard always looks good for a few days after I backwash.

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