Are you struggling to get your lawn looking and staying lush and healthy? While your go-to response might be more water, more fertilizer, and more seed – you might be making the problem worse. Too much water is as bad for your lawn as not enough. Too much fertilizer is worse for your lawn than no fertilizer. Let’s explore what might be happening in your lawn:
If you don’t have an irrigation system. Chances are you struggle to get your lawn watered consistently. Whether you forget to turn it on, forget to turn it off or otherwise. Your lawn just doesn’t know what to expect and when and could be suffering from the fluctuation.
Too Much Water
Your lawn only needs about 1 inch of water per week. The need will fluctuate slightly throughout the seasons, but on average an inch will do the trick. If your sprinkler system is running more than twice a week, or for too long when it does run, you may be over-watering. Over-watering your lawn can be counterproductive to a healthy lawn for all the reasons below:
- Washes away your fertilizer
- Weakens grassroots (root rot)
- More susceptible to weeds
- Attractive to damaging insects
Water at the Wrong Time
There is an optimal time to water your lawn. That is the early morning.
Early morning is best because you lose less water to evaporation vs. daytime watering. It allows for the absorption of the largest percentage of water. You also allow water to be absorbed and evaporate enough to not cause mold or mildew issues.
If you water late at night or too early in the morning, water can puddle or stay damp until morning. This opens the door for the growth of mold and mildew. Both mold and mildew can damage your lawn. It can also increase your risk of root-rot.
If you water during the daytime, you will lose a lot of water to evaporation, which means it will require MORE water to get the job done. If you don’t provide more water, the evaporation process can cause a “scorched” look to your lawn.
The best time to water is between 4 AM and 10 AM – and make sure you follow your local water restriction schedule.
Let the Irrigation Pros Handle Your Watering Schedule
If your lawn is not in peak condition, call our team to schedule a FREE, no-obligation inspection. We’ll assess your system, the schedule, your soil, adjust your controller and provide an itemized list of advice and needed repairs or upgrades for you to consider.
With our maintenance packages, you can really forget it, as we’ll take care of your system all year long and you’ll even enjoy a discount on any repairs that may come up. Call today to get started.