Common Watering Mistakes

Watering is crucial to your lawn surviving and thriving through the growing season. Here are the top 5 watering mistakes and how to fix them.

01 set it and forget it

Leaving your sprinkler on autopilot from spring to fall means you probably aren’t watering right for today.

Fix It: Check for leaks and broken heads. Adjust the time and frequency for your summer lawn needs (see below). And adapt your schedule when heavy rainfalls come through.

02 too frequently

Watering daily makes your lawn vulnerable to fungus, disease, thatch issues, weeds, and other weaknesses. 

Fix It: Water a couple of days a week and adjust the timing when there is heavy rainfall.

03 too little

Short, shallow waterings don’t penetrate the root zone stunting important root development.

Fix It: Water deeply to promote a strong root system and a healthy lawn.

04 too much 

Puddles of water can be a sign you’ve overwatered. When this happens, your root zone doesn’t get enough oxygen and can lead to fungus and other lawn disease.

Fix It: 1 -2 inches of water a week is good for many lawns. Head to The Shed to learn how to set up a DIY water gauge to measure your sprinkler output. 

05 too late 

Watering after the sun heats up causes water to evaporate. Evening waterings can also be problematic, depending on where you live. Damp grass and cool air can create perfect conditions for disease and fungus.

Fix It: Water before 10am in the morning to avoid water loss and disease. 

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Grass that is hydrated will take in nutrients better and a dry period after will give them the time they need to get to work. It’s best to water your lawn a day before hosing on Sunday nutrients and to have no rain in the forecast the next day.

Looking for even more advice on watering? Check out Watering Tips & Tricks.