Is your lawn looking less than lush? Do you find that no matter how much you water it, your lawn just won’t thrive? Well, unfortunately, it may be overwatering your lawn that is the initial problem. Let’s take a look at signs that you may be overwatering your lawn, as well as the best ways to water your lawn.
Visible Water Runoff
If you can see water runoff coming from your lawn, it means that you’re putting too much water on the grass. Your lawn should be able to absorb all of the water that shoots out of your sprinklers. Any runoff is an indication that your soil is oversaturated with water and cannot properly drain.
It’s tough to tell whether wilted grass is caused by overwatering or underwatering. Use common sense if you notice that your grass is wilted. How often do you water your lawn? If you’re watering once per week, it may be underwatered; if it’s twice per day, it may be overwatered. You can also dig a small hole into your lawn to see if the dirt is saturated or dry.
Puddles, Pooling, and Squishiness
You shouldn’t have standing water on your lawn. If you can see a puddle, or if you feel squishiness as you traverse the terrain, your lawn is overwatered. You may also have an issue with sprinkler coverage (you may have multiple sprinklers covering one spot), or you may have a drainage issue (water may run downhill and pool in a swale in your lawn). If the former scenario is the case, you’ll have to adjust your sprinkler heads. If the latter scenario is the problem, you may have to relevel your lawn or install a french drain to redirect the pooling water.
Spots on your lawn may be an indication of pooling water, as we’ve just mentioned, or it may be an indicator that your lawn is infested with disease. If fungus or mold take hold of your lawn, it’s likely that you’re overwatering. Mold and fungus thrive in wet environments, and they can destroy your lawn. Spots and splotches of dead grass may be caused by fungus or mold.
Watering Your Lawn Properly
If you notice any of the aforementioned issues, it’s time to adjust your watering schedule. Tone back your watering to once per day, or once every other day, if temperatures aren’t too high. Set your sprinkler timer to go off in the early morning. This gives your lawn the entire day to soak up water, and it gives the sun a chance to evaporate excess water. Also, you can dial back the amount of time that your sprinklers are on. You should give your lawn about an inch of water when you turn the sprinklers on, so put a cup out on the lawn, and measure how much time it takes for that cup to gather an inch of water. Then, set your sprinkler clock accordingly.
If you need further advice on the health of your lawn, you can always get in touch with the experts here at Prestige Lawn Care! We provide lawn mowing, lawn maintenance, and landscaping services for folks throughout Asheboro and Greensboro!