5 Simple Ways to Tell if You’re Over Watering Your Lawn

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5 Simple Ways to Tell if You’re Over Watering Your Lawn

Mushroom in grass
Too much water can lead to fungi like mushrooms. Photo Credit: Timothy Dykes

If you notice these symptoms, you could be over watering.

Keeping your lawn looking nice shouldn’t be a chore, but it can be overwhelming if you’ve got multiple symptoms that seem to have popped up overnight. If the issues you’re seeing sound like the ones listed below, you could be overwatering your lawn.

1. The best fungus treatment is watering properly.

With proper watering and care, you don’t necessarily need a fungicide. Too much water can cause fungus growth, one of the most noticeable being mushrooms. Also, red/orange coloring on your grass may indicate a type of rust fungus. Seeing colorful splotches on the grass blades can also mean you’ve got fungus growth. Watering just enough can help keep your grass green and fungus-free.

2. Too much water is great for weeds, not lawns.

Weeds thrive in very wet conditions and tend to grow faster and more predominately than the grass itself. Crabgrass is one of the most common problems. If you’re noticing more and more weeds, try dialing back the sprinklers. Watering less often and more deeply is the best practice for getting the right moisture balance.

3. Standing water or runoff

When watering, never add so much water that it sits on the top of the soil. If it’s not penetrating the soil, it’s being watered too heavily or quickly. If your lawn feels spongy or squishy when you step on it, it means the soil is saturated (or over saturated). Standing water can be a breeding ground for insects. Also, if you notice water running off your lawn and down the gutter, it’s not being absorbed by the soil and could be carrying nutrients away from your lawn.

4. Unsightly yellowing or discoloration

Water is a persistent erosive force. It can change landscapes bit by bit, carrying away sediment, pebbles, and rocks. It can also carry away your soil. Too much water can lead to yellowing of the grass because the nutrients that keep your grass green are leaving with the water. When you water too much, the water needs to go somewhere. The water ends up overflowing out of your lawn, eroding your soil, and spilling into the gutters and surrounding area.

5. Bugs!

Lawns with excessive moisture tend to be the ideal place for insects to breed. You may notice bare patches of grass, a clear indication of an insect problem. If you have excessive thatch, it also provides a great place for bugs to hide. As soon as your lawn recovers from over watering, and you’ve gotten rid of excess thatch, you can chose a pesticide based on the type of bugs you see. When in doubt, always consult a professional for proper pest control.

Rule of thumb for watering

So when and how much should you be watering your lawn? Most lawns need about ½ inch to 1 inch of watering just once a week to thrive. The best time to water your lawn is early in the morning, before the sun gets high overhead. This will also help protect your lawn during the hottest part of the day. The second best time would be late in the afternoon, but not too late because you don’t want the water to be sitting in your lawn all night.

It’s best to water less often and more deeply. It also depends on your region and the season. The warmer the season or region, the more you’ll need to water.

Your lawn will also let you know when it needs water. A common sign of dehydrated grass is the blades will start to curl, where healthy blades will stand erect. Also, simply walking across your lawn can tell you if it’s dehydrated. If you can see your footprints in the grass after walking across it, that’s another sign that the grass needs water.

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