2 Signs You Are Overwatering Your Lawn

Posted on: 4 November 2015

Once the spring rolls around, you might look forward to invigorating your grass a little early and showing off a dark green, plush lawn. Unfortunately, soaking that grass with too much water can cause more problems than it solves. Here are two signs you are overwatering your lawn:

1: Yellow Grass

After you resurrect your grass from a long winter, you might keep turning on the water to help that grass to grow. Instead of setting a strict watering schedule and programming your sprinklers, you might water day, night, and afternoon to keep your grass healthy and beautiful. When yellow patches form on your lawn, you might automatically correlate them with severe dehydration and water even more. Unfortunately, yellow grass can also be a sign of overwatering.

When you water too much, the soil can become saturated with water and drown the roots. Since roots need air and nutrients, overwatering can simply crowd out other vital elements around roots, killing your grass. Unfortunately, if you throw even more water onto your lawn, it will only make the problem worse.

To keep your grass healthy, experts typically recommend watering to a depth of 6-8 inches, and then turning off your sprinklers. To test your grass, take a long screwdriver and push it into the ground. After you remove it, measure which portion of the screwdriver dirt is wet or dry. If less than 6 inches is wet, keep watering. However, if more than 8 inches is wet, turn off the water at once.

2: Insect Problems

Unfortunately, yellow grass isn't the only problem caused by overwatering your lawn. Since insects love moist, dark places, that long, overwatered grass might harbor loads of insects, larva, and moths. In addition to potentially introducing lawn-eating insects to the area, extra bugs can also make your lawn unusable. After all, who wants to play croquet on a lawn infested with beetles?

If you suspect that your grass has an insect problem, consult with a lawn maintenance expert and an exterminator. The lawn professional can tell you whether or not you are overwatering, and the exterminator can apply special insecticides to clean up your grass. Some insecticides even contain residual compounds that will stay in place for awhile, which might mean that you won't have to worry about insects that haven't hatched yet.

By watching your watering habits, you might be able to keep your grass healthy and beautiful all summer long. For assistance, talk to a professional service like Outdoor Service Inc.