Are Your Overwatering Your Yard?

Too much water can be just as bad as too little for your lawn

It’s certainly getting hot, hot, hot, and, as a result, you may think your lawn requires its own daily cold glass of water, but that simply isn’t the case. In fact, you could be giving yourself an unnecessarily large workload if you stick to that routine; by watering daily for short periods of time, your yard can begin to demand the consistent cool down just to stay alive. Instead, it’s advised that you give your yard approximately one inch of water (about one hour) once a week, allowing grass to grow deeper roots and become more drought resistant. But when do you know your efforts have tanked, and your yard is beginning to drown? Look for a few telltale signs, the most obvious being a squish beneath your feet.

If hours or days later you’re still able to slosh around in the grass, you probably need to give the sprinklers a breather. Another obvious indication is a steady flow of water from your grass to your sidewalk or pavement – this is a sure sign that your lawn isn’t capable of absorbing such significant portions.While the first two indications can be clear as day, we’re not as quick to recognize other signs including wilting and fungus. Wilting is easy to ignore since it can likewise signal a lack of water. So, simply remembering or tracking about how much you’re using can provide you with the answer. If you know you’re diligent – maybe too diligent – then the likelihood of your grass feeling thirsty is slim to none. Lastly, fungus can be subtle in our yards as well, so if you notice patching or a blight, turn off the water system outdoors.

In the North Dallas heat we all need to keep hydrated, our lawns included. But sometimes that long shower can turn into overwatering, so be on the lookout and practice proper lawn care!

I am a Hockaday alum and graduate of Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN, where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. I am an aspiring writer and journalist, and, as an avid reader, I constantly exercise my imagination and whet my appetite for creativity. I am outgoing and personable, and I look forward to incorporating my innate enthusiasm for creativity into my work!

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