To discover if you are overwatering your lawn, there are several signs to watch out for. The signs are mushy grass, grass that is turning yellow, and standing water that the soil will not soak up.
A beautiful lawn is one way a homeowner can take pride in their home and show others that they care about beauty and appearance. Watering your grass consistently is perhaps the best way to keep a lawn healthy and green, along with applying fertilizer and resowing seeds in empty patches of dirt.
But you could destroy the health of your lawn by watering it too much. Watering your lawn too much for too long could kill the grass completely. Your lawn may end up as a shriveled husk with oversaturated and lifeless soil. But how do you know if you are watering too much?
Signs you are watering your lawn too much
To know if you are watering your lawn too much, look at the signs below and compare them to your lawn’s current state. All it takes is a once-over glance to determine if your lawn is healthy or not, and you can always use Google images as a reference.
- There is standing water after you finish watering/water will not soak into the soil
- The grass is mushy if you step in it
- Grass becomes discolored and yellow
- Small patches of mushrooms start to grow
- All of the small bugs like ants and rolly pollies are gone.
If you see or feel any of these signs, it is time to stop watering your lawn. The sooner you recognize the damage you are doing to your lawn, the sooner you can stop and prevent permanent damage to the grass.
What kind of damage does overwatering do?
Know that if you have been overwatering your lawn for a long time, all the small insects are most likely dead. Grass and soil need to have many different small bugs like ants, worms, rolly pollies, centipedes, etc., digging around in the soil. Bugs like these help keep the soil aerated and loose, transport nutrients around to different parts of the lawn, and nourish any plants and grass with their carcasses when they die.
How to repair your lawn
Depending on the weather and the amount of watering, you can restore your lawn in two to three weeks, or you will have to replant patches of grass because the damage was too much and the grass died.
The first thing you must do to repair and heal your lawn is to stop watering it. Don’t water it for several days. It needs to completely dry out. If the weather is warm or hot, this should not take more than four days, perhaps two.
But if it is the end of fall or the middle of winter, then expect even more damage in the coming days. Water that cannot soak into the soil will stay at the surface among the grass blades, and the cold weather might cause it to freeze.
Remove all of the mushroom and any moss patches growing around the lawn because they are stealing nutrients from the soil. When spring comes, sow grass seeds in any area that does not have grass.
How to water your lawn
It may seem silly to research how to water a lawn the right way, but there are a few tips below that can improve the growth of your lawn without wasting water or damaging the grass. Watering your lawn the right way is easy to learn and to do.
There are two factors to consider when deciding how much and how often to water your lawn. They are:
- Current and coming weather
- Type of grass
Current and incoming weather
Weather is an important factor, and it will influence the health of your lawn. If you water your lawn too much in the winter, you can kill it, but if you do not water your lawn enough in the summer, it will dry out. If the area you live in is going through a heatwave, water your lawn after the sun has gone down. If there is no heatwave, you can water your lawn in the morning before 10 a.m. or after the sun goes down.
If you’re watering your lawn during the Spring and Fall, you can water in the afternoon as well. If there is no extreme heat or cold in your area, then the general rule is to water your lawn 20 minutes a day, three times a week. Adjust this level depending on how big your lawn is and what species of grass is growing on your lawn.
Also, do not water your lawn if you know that a storm is coming in the next few days. Rain brings much more water than you could ever water your lawn with by hose, and you want your soil to be completely dry when the rain comes so it could soak it all up.
Type of grass
Some grass species are drought resistant and do well when they don’t receive a lot of water, and some grasses need a lot of water every day, or else they will stop growing and turn brown. If you notice that the grass in your lawn is a different style or shape than usual, ask a gardener or a plant nursery what species it is.
Overwatering your lawn is an easy thing to do. Luckily, it is also easy to reverse. By using the guidelines of watering your lawn three times a week for 20 minutes each time and adjusting the amount of water depending on the weather, you shouldn’t have a problem keeping your lawn green. Remember, keeping your lawn green during the winter and summer is more difficult than keeping it green during the spring and fall, so don’t feel like you are failing if the summer sun scorches your grass. When fall turns to winter, reducing the amount of water you provide for your lawn even more so it does not become waterlogged.