What is going on with my lawn (pics included)
Been reading lots on this forum since I now have a house with my first lawn. I was looking forward to maintaining a beautiful lawn but I'm having no luck so far.
First off, here are some pictures:
-I live in Kelowna, BC, Canada which is considered to be a semi arid climate
-lawn was planted as sod in early June by what we now know to be a really poor quality landscaping company
-not sure how much or what quality of top soil was laid under the sod as we were out of town when the majority of work was done (due to the poor quality company and them delaying start dates till we were out of town)
-not sure what species of grass was planted
-neighbor tells me that they were waiting the grass for about 3 hours every day (sprinklers put out ~1" per hour) and our backyard was clearly flooded while we were away
-between mid June and early August I was watering every second day at about 0.5" per watering session because I didn't know any better.
-placed 4 containers randomly and ran irrigation for 15 minutes. On average, the containers accumulated 1/4" +/- 1/16". Therefore ~1" per hour output.
-Since early August I've been watering every 4th day at about 5/8" per session. I would water less frequently but even at this rate, water seems to pool on the lawn and not soak into the ground quick enough.
-hadn't fertilized at all until late August when I applied about 1lb of Nitrogen per 1,000 sq ft
-grass is cut to about 3" long
-grass is only cut about every 10 days and even then it hasn't grown much to the point where I'm barely cutting at all
I've continued on through all of August and now early September with the new watering schedule and the grass just continues to look like this. It originally looked nice and green until about late July when it got real hot. I cut back the watering in early August thinking it was getting too much water but nothing has changed.
1) Does anyone know what type of grass I have?
2) Is the watering I'm currently doing good or should I water less frequently and let the water pool?
3) Can anyone guess what is wrong with my grass? If so, what should I do to remedy it?