Is Extra Water Actually Good For Your Turf?!

So, we always advice looking for a nice balance of how much water to put down. Seeing as many lawns as we do it’s rather shocking to see the differences. From one end of the spectrum, dying, to the other end of the spectrum, growing way too much. Now, we dislike seeing a dying lawn, but a lawn that is over watered is pretty ridiculous. Without even making an argument environmentally, considering water is a finite resource, over watering is not even good for your turf. When you step on the edge of your grass at 3 pm in the afternoon and water squishes out onto the sidewalk, you need to cut down your irrigation.

Excessive watering makes a beautiful environment for diseases, insects and pests. This is for another conversation, but a properly watered and maintained turf doesn’t need to be treated by ChemLawn and those other guys. Diseases and pests don’t bother your turf if the soil at the surface is allowed to dry out in between waterings.

Additionally, when there is that much water on your turf, you can be certain the roots are not growing very deep. If the water is always near the surface of your soil, the roots won’t grow past that layer. That being said, if for any reason your irrigation goes down for even a couple of days too long, or we get ridiculous temperatures, you can be certain to see some excessive browning.

Lastly, if the grass grows too long it needs to be mowed very often. Remember, when mowing, you should never be cutting down more than one third of the blade. Doing so suddenly subjects the lower portion of the blades to sunlight once the turf is mowed, and it can get a sunburn, just like us when we’re not used to the sun. If you don’t mow it often enough to cut down less of one third of the blade you can no longer mulch the lawn. Why? If you leave excessive clippings on the lawn, so much that they can not decompose quickly, it will lead to a thatch problem! And remember, mulching is best for your turf. The blades you are cutting off have nutrients in them which will be released back into your turf once they decompose, acting as a fertilizer.

In conclusion, don’t over water. If your grass is growing excessively cut back on the time per zone. 20-30 minutes per zone, three days a week should be good this time of the year.

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