SYMPTOMS OF OVER WATERING A LAWN

Proper lawn watering is the most important aspect of organic tree and lawn care, yet it is the biggest frustration that homeowners face.

99% of lawn care problems are lawn watering related. Improper watering causes lawn funguses, kills beneficial microbial activity, kills soils and causes shallow growing grass roots. These common lawn care problems are all caused by improper watering techniques and many lawns problems are caused by either under watering, over watering, too frequent of watering, and / or poor sprinkler coverage. Sometimes a single lawn will have sections that are over watered and other sections that are under watered.

All the lawn watering problems can be fixed by closely following the lawn watering technique called 1, 2, 3, 2, 1 lawn watering. Organo-Lawn invented this lawn watering technique specifically for lawn in Boulder and Fort Collins Colorado, but this technique is universal worldwide.


Symptoms of Over Watering a Lawn:

Some signs of over watering a lawn include: severely compacted soils, the presence of Necrotic Ring Spot lawn fungus, the abundance of insect pressure, mold, root rot, and a shallow root system, all reasons you should not over water a lawn. Over watering a lawn is much worse for the grass and trees than under watering a lawn. The reason over watering a lawn is worse is because the water replaces the air in the soil which starve the soil of oxygen. This will result in shallow grass roots and it will kill the beneficial microbes that are living in the soil. Air is extremely important to maintain a living soil and without the proper amount of air in the soil the lawn will suffer. Most of the time when we see a watering problem in a Boulder or Fort Collins area lawn we advise the customer that we need to adjust the lawn watering schedule in their lawn, they often assume we want to water more. This might be true some of the time but the majority of the time we end up reducing the frequency of the lawn watering schedule and increasing the duration.


Necrotic Ring Spot is a Symptom of Severe Over Watering a Lawn for a Long Period of Time:

Reasons you should not over water a lawn

This is a picture of Necrotic Ring Spot Fungus which is caused by severe over watering of the lawn.


How Much To Water Per Week To Keep a Lawn Green Without Over Watering

Full Sun (South Facing Aspects)

Greater than 85 degrees F
2.1 inches of water per week
(7/10th of an inch of water 3 times a week)


Between 70-85 degrees F
1.4 inches per week
(7/10th of an inch of water 2 times a week)


Less than 70 degrees F
.7 inches of water per week
(7/10th of an inch of water 1 time a week)

Normal Facing (East / West Facing)

Greater than 85 degrees F
1.5 inches of water per week
(1/2 of an inch of water 3 times a week)


Between 70-85 degrees F
1 inch per week
(1/2 of an inch of water 2 times a week)


Less than 70 degrees F
.5 inches of water per week
(1/2 of an inch of water 1 time a week)

Full Shade (North Facing or Full Shade)

Greater than 85 degrees F
1 inch of water per week
(1/3 of an inch of water 3 times a week)


Between 70-85 degrees F
.66 inches per week
(1/3 of an inch of water 2 times a week)


Less than 70 degrees F
.33 inches of water per week
(1/3 of an inch of water 1 time a week)


FAQ - Over Watering a Lawn Symptoms

My lawn has brown spots in my lawn but I water every day, what is happening?

  • Watering the lawn daily is one of the worst things possible for a lawn. The brown spots could be a fungus forming from the frequent lawn watering. By watering frequently the lawn will also develop shallow roots which will make the lawn unable to deal with temperature swings or with the hot summer weather.

Reasons you should not over water a lawn?

  • Severely compacted soils, Necrotic Ring Spot, the abundance of insect pressure, mold, root rot, and a shallow root system, and it will kill the beneficial microbes that are living in the soil. Most of the time when we see a watering problem in a Boulder or Fort Collins area lawn we advise the customer that we need to adjust the lawn watering schedule in their lawn, they often assume we want to water more. This might be true some of the time but the majority of the time we end up reducing the frequency of the lawn watering schedule and increasing the duration.


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