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  2. Frequently soaking the grass can do more harm than good!


    In the heat of summer, most of us are worried about our lawns drying out. But it turns out overwatering can be as much of a hazard to your lawn as underwatering.



    You have probably heard the old adage “Too much of a good thing is a bad thing.” While this may not be true when it comes to things like, say, healthy foods, it definitely holds true for your lawn. Grass needs balance in all things to look its best. Too much sunshine and the grass becomes dry; too much nitrogen-rich fertilizer and you risk diseases and fungi; too much mowing can cause grass to become stressed. You get the picture, but if the moisture your grass needs to live is out of balance, you will start to see signs of lawn damage.


    Wondering if you might be turning on the sprinklers a little too frequently? Here are four signs your lawn has had more than enough water:


    ·       Squish:  If you watered your lawn hours ago and it still goes squish under your feet, that’s a good indication that you should lay off the water.


    ·       Runoff:  If you are watering your lawn aggressively enough that the soil can’t absorb the water and water is instead running off into the street or other parts of your yard, once again, scale down the sprinkling.


    ·       A wilted lawn:  This one can be confusing because some of the signs that your lawn needs water–like not springing back up when you step on it, and blades of grass curling up–can also be signs of overwatering. Use common sense. If you’ve been dousing your lawn and it still looks like it “needs water,” it’s most likely wilted from overwatering.


    ·       Fungus:  Fungal lawn diseases take advantage of moist conditions to spread and thrive. If your lawn has a blight, mold, or patch problem, you’re probably overwatering. You could also be watering at the wrong time of day (early morning is best, so moisture can evaporate, as opposed to night, when moistures sits on the lawn for hours before the sun rises).


    Proper lawn care is all about balance. While it’s a good idea to give the grass a drink when it’s looking parched, overdoing it can lead to a host of problems that leave the lawn looking worse than before you watered. By watering less you’ll have healthier plants, save money on water bills, and conserve water by giving your lawn just what it needs, not more.