3 Reasons Not to Overwater Your Lawn

Gainesville FL lawn companyAt Mr. Tree and Lawn Service, we’ve been making lawns look great for over 20 years! With our commercial and residential lawn care experience in Gainesville and throughout Alachua County, we’ve seen it all and we know how to troubleshoot problems that are holding your landscaping back from looking its very best.

One problem that affects many homeowners and business owners in the area is overwatering. Now, this can come from our rainy late-summer weather, poor drainage, running your sprinklers too much, or a combination of any/all of the above. You’ll know your lawn is overwatered if it feels soft or squishy when you walk on it, and if you see standing water, it’s definitely overwatered!

Why is overwatering bad for your lawn?

When there’s too much water on your yard for the ground to absorb completely, there are several problems that can occur. Some of the main ones include:

  • Shallow roots- Your lawn needs air to breathe, and standing water basically drowns it. Your grass will have shorter roots and a weaker overall root structure, which leaves it even more fragile and sensitive to drought when the water finally does dry up.
  • Lawn diseases and fungi- Excess moisture in the soil makes your lawn susceptible to a number of turf diseases common in the Gainesville area: root rot, gray leaf spot, large patch, etc.
  • Weeds- Excessive rain makes weeds grow like crazy. If your sprinkler system is on a timer and you water your already-waterlogged yard, you’re just asking for a weed explosion.

Check out our tips to learn how to properly irrigate your lawn.

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