They say “the grass isn’t greener on the other side, it’s green where you water it”. This is true, unless you’re overwatering! Watering a mature, healthy lawn every single day is considered over watering – so if this is what you typically do, stop right now! (thank you very much).
Damage from overwatering
The soil underneath your grass is composed of sand, silt, clay and porous spaces. When it rains or you water your lawn, water fills those little spaces and pushes out the air. The air is oxygen which is vital to the plant’s growth and without it the sod will die! It will also cause your lawn to have a shallow root system, causing it to suffer more from hot and cold temperatures. Lastly, overwatering makes your lawn more susceptible to droughts, insects, weeds and diseases.
How much water is enough
Experts say that 1 inch of water per week is just enough for a healthy lawn. Rather than watering everyday, water thoroughly and infrequently. You may be wondering how to determine if your lawn needs water? While there are several fancy tools and methods out there, you can always rely on this one simple trick; walk on it! If your grass bounces back after walking on it, your lawn is well hydrated. If your footprint stays halfway or fully down, it’s time to take out the hose! That being said, avoid watering your lawn in the late afternoon or evening during the hours of the present hot sun, but rather water in the early morning!
There are several different watering tools and methods out there, but you may choose based on your property size, budget, and lawn condition. Here are a few of the options:
Hose end sprinkler (great for small-medium sized lawns)
In-ground sprinkler (low volume, low angle heads that apply water efficiently)
Rotary nozzle (delivers water in a slow, even stream making it great for slopes and hills)
Don’t waste water!
Conserving water and avoiding waste is another key factor in why you should not over water your lawn. It’s important to observe your irrigation system to spot any water coating the side walks and driveways or puddling in your lawn. If you do, adjust your nozzles and re-calculate your watering duration!