From the first sweltering day of summer to the cool breezes of early fall, Southerners worry about dehydrated lawns. We know the effects of the pervading, sticky heat firsthand, so we take care to provide our landscapes with enough water to survive the blistering Atlanta sun. But in an effort to keep lawns lush and healthy, homeowners often over-water their grass. Learn how much to water your grass in the summer, recognize signs that your grass is over watered, and take steps to rescue over watered sod in your yard.
Dangers of Over Watering Grass
Sod can’t grow strong when it’s dehydrated, but over watering turfgrass also deteriorates the health of your lawn. When grass is over watered the blades may look gray or mottled, the roots will start to decay, and weeds will sprout more quickly than with healthy sod. When a plant is drowned, it is more susceptible to pests and disease, and recuperates more slowly after injury from foot traffic. Unhealthy grass has a lower chance of surviving the cold temperatures and frosty weather of winter dormancy.
How to Tell if Grass is Over Watered
- Pull up a small section of grass. If the roots come up easily, you may be suffering root rot from over watering.
- Keep an eye out for water-loving weeds like buttercups, crabgrass, and broadleaf weeds.
- Check the pH of your soil. Over watering may wash away fertilizer before the roots can absorb it.
- Watch the yard for puddles after rainfall.
- Walk across the yard after watering. If the grass feels spongy or squelches when you walk, it is probably over watered.
Appropriate watering is crucial to sod’s survival, whether you’re laying new Zeon Zoysia or keeping a fescue lawn fresh during dormancy. Check out NG Turf’s watering and installation guide for information on how often you should water new and established sod.