Watering your lawn is one of the most important ways to make sure that the grass is receiving nutrients and staying healthy throughout the year. Bad watering practices can cause problems to occur with the lawn that you are trying to get to remain healthy.
There are certain ways not to water in order to prevent some of the problems with your lawn. By paying attention to watering practices and staying consistent throughout the season, your lawn will look healthier and greener from the nutrients you are giving it through the water.
Drained food reserves from dormant grass. This may occur because of inconsistent watering. It is important to decide if you are going to water throughout the entire season, or allow your lawn to stay dormant through the spring and summer.
If your grass is dormant and brown, then you decide to water it for a while, then allow it to go back to the brown dormant mode, it will drain the food reserves that are in the plant, causing the grass to die instead of just to be in a dormant or hibernation mode.
Smaller roots and a color that does not stay green. This is a result of not knowing when to water lawns. At the beginning of the season, you shouldn’t water your lawn right away, but allow a few days for the grass to get use to the warmer weather.
The grass will actually go through a period of drought stress. However, the reaction to this by the grass is that it allows for the grass to increase rooting. The grass will also turn greener in color as a result.
If you water right away, the grass will be over-watered, which will cause problems for the rest of the season with nutrients and color of the grass.
Soil washing away, causing the grass to turn brown because of a lack of nutrients. This is a result of watering your lawn too much. If you water too much, it will cause the soil to wash away the nutrients that the lawn needs.
When you water, it’s important to water for a longer period of time, but not every day. This allows the water to be soaked into the soil, and be given to the grass over a longer period of time. Through this, the grass will be able to soak in more nutrients that are in the soil as well as in the water.
Browning and dehydration. This is a result of watering in the middle of the day. This will cause the grass to not receive the right nutrients and can cause browning and dehydration.
By watering in the middle of the day, the water is absorbed and evaporated by the sun instead of the soil, not allowing the grass to get the nutrients that it needs through the water. It then dries out the soil, causing the grass to not have the proper amount of nutrients available.
Brown spots and over-watered grass. This can easily occur if there is inconsistency in watering the entire lawn. It’s important to make sure that the lawn all receives the same amount of water. If some places receive too much water, and others don’t receive enough, it will cause the grass to wilt and die.
If you are on a slope, then it is important to watch for runoff that may occur when watering your plants. If you think this may be happening, go to the lower places on the slope and make sure that the water has soaked in, or water it again to make sure it is ok.
If your lawn doesn’t all receive an even amount of water, some places will be over-hydrated, while other places will not be receiving the right amount of nutrients that is needed.
Bad watering techniques may cause your grass to not grow roots properly, to wilt, to brown when it is not needed, and not receive the proper nutrients. By not watering right, your lawn will not be able to grow right.
It’s important to make sure you have a system that will benefit the lawn throughout the season by knowing what your grass will need in relation to better watering practices.