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Is There Such a Thing as Watering Too Much?

It’s getting hotter in Pennsylvania now that we are in June, and your lawn needs watering if you want it to stay lush green. On hot summer days, you may need to water it more often than on mild ones. However, it is important to avoid the temptation of overwatering. Instead of helping your turf grow, excessive watering can suffocate your grass.

Signs of Overwatering Your Lawn 

Provide your lawn with approximately 1 to 1.5 inches of water every week. If you overwater it, you can cause a swampy mess devoid of greenery. Here are some more tell-tale signs that can help you know if you have overwatered your lawn and take the appropriate steps to control the damage it may have caused.

  • Discoloration on grass: If you see a layer of discoloration on your grass, you probably have fungi growing on it due to overwatering. 
  • Weeds: Unlike plants, some weeds love water and will grow in abundance if overwatered.
  • Increase in insects and bugs: Mosquitos breed in standing water. Insects and bugs are also attracted to the weeds and fungi growth around water sources.
  • Waterlogging: Waterlogging discourages roots from penetrating deep in the soil for water, resulting in underdeveloped roots incapable of taking enough nutrients and oxygen from the ground and making them more susceptible to fungi and disease. 
  • Thatch build-up: Organisms like worms and beneficial nematodes in the soil break down thatch and provide it with nutrients. However, overwatering inhibits the organisms from doing this, leading to a thick layer of thatch that can suffocate the lawn by clogging the air pockets in the soil.
  • Dead grass: Overwatering can lead to dry and dead patches of grass in your lawn.

How to Fix an Overwatered Lawn

Maintaining a well-hydrated lawn is essential for its overall health and vitality. If you feel that you have overwatered your lawn, you need to stop and allow it to dry out completely before you water it again. Dethatching compacted soil and aerating it can also help. However, if you are unable to solve the problem yourself, it’s best to get help from lawncare professionals.

With Greenskeeper’s tailored lawn care plans, we prioritize an optimal watering regimen to maintain the health of your lawn. Our team of skilled lawn professionals is equipped to address the specific needs of your lawn, including rescuing an overwatered yard. We also provide services like dethatching, re-seeding, fertilizing, weeding, and aeration. Additionally, our Bug Barrier program provides a safe and effective solution for eliminating mosquitos and bugs that often flourish in and around water sources. Trust us to deliver comprehensive care for your lawn, ensuring its health and beauty throughout the seasons.

Check out our service programs or call GREENSKEEPER at 215-938-8440. You can also contact us using our online form for a free quote.