CAN I WATER MY GRASS TOO MUCH?
Watering your grass on a regular basis is important. You’ve likely already heard this sentence mentioned several times, especially in Texas where the intense heat and long summers can dry out lawns in days. But, is it possible to water your grass too much? Learn more about the dangers of overwatering and the proper amount to water your lawn with.
WHY IS ADEQUATE WATERING IMPORTANT?
Watering your lawn with the correct amount of water ensures its health and stability. It also allows nutrients and other compounds to move through the grass itself. This ensures the proper growth of the grass and will allow for it to grow healthy and strong. By watering your lawn you also allow the root system to grow deeper and also protect the grass from any sudden changes in temperature.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I WATER MY GRASS TOO MUCH?
Overwatering your lawn can lead to a variety of problems. These include:
Nutrients getting washed away
Shallow, damaged roots
Development of fungal diseases
Grass that’s easily damaged by normal wear and tear
Dead grass in shady areas
Runoff and water waste
Groundwater pollution through fertilizer
WHAT CAN I DO TO AVOID OVER WATERING?
First, pay attention to the weather. If it’s going to rain there is no need to water your lawn. Installing rain gauges can help measure how much water your lawn gets and adjust your watering from there. Most modern irrigation systems have sensors that can shut off during rain, making them an important part of your lawn care process.
A rule of thumb to follow is to give lawns an inch of water once a week. However, there are a wide variety of grasses available and weather conditions so take care to follow proper instructions in this general watering guide for Lousiana.