Are You Watering the Lawn Too Much?

With Alachua County watering restrictions frequently in effect, Gainesville residents should pay close attention to where, when, and how much they water their North Florida lawns. But even with the water conservation effort, over watering is a danger, especially in the winter. Are you watering your lawn too much?

Signs of Overwatering the Grass

  1. wet grassWet soil. Your soil should be damp after watering, not wet. Press your finger into the soil. It should sink in about 1 inch before you meet much resistance. If the soil feels squishy or has visible pools of water, you’re overwatering the lawn.
  2. Wilting leaves. If the soil is damp, but the leaves are still wilting, it’s time to shut off the hose for awhile.
  3. Brown or yellow leaves. Both signs of poor plant care, discolored or dropping leaves can signify disease, dehydration, or overwatering the lawn.
  4. Edema. Do your plant’s leaves have warty patches? That’s a sign that they’ve absorbed more water than they can contain. This causes the cells to burst, forming discolored lesions on the leaves.
  5. Root rot. Too much water can smother a plant’s roots, leading to root rot. If the roots look grey, brown, slimy, or generally diseased, it’s a good indicator that you’ve jeopardized the health of the landscape with overwatering.

Tips for Watering the Lawn

Do you want to guarantee healthy grass, lower your water bill, and respect Gainesville environmental restrictions? Here are some tips for watering your lawn.

  • Use a nozzle with a shut-off function
  • Use a soaker hose to water the landscape slowly and limit evaporation
  • Set a timer to monitor your water usage
  • Water the lawn before dawn or after sunset, when the lawn will lose less moisture to evaporation

For quality lawn care in Gainesville, FL, call Mr. Tree and Lawn Service.