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June 17, 2022

How to Avoid Overwatering Your Landscaping

Garden irrigation system lawn. Automatic lawn sprinkler watering green grass.

Every healthy lawn needs water to grow, but sometimes you can use too much. Overwatering your turf and plants in your yard can be just as bad for them as not watering them enough. It’s easy to use too much water, water too frequently, or not adapt your watering patterns to the rain outside. How can you avoid overwatering your landscaping this summer?

Check Your Soil Type

When determining how much water your landscape needs, you should start by thinking about the type of soil that you have. If you have clay soil, it will become heavy when it is full of water and can suffocate the roots of plants. However, soil that is sandier will drain fast and not have an issue if there is too much water. Research your soil type and adapt accordingly.

Use a Schedule

Particularly if multiple different people are in charge of watering your landscape, creating a schedule is a good way to make sure that it isn’t accidentally being watered more often than it should be. Water around the same time of day on the same days of the week. It’s a good idea to water in the morning on the hottest days of the year, as water will not evaporate due to heat before it has a chance to soak down to the roots.

Know the Signs of Overwatering

Finally, you should also know the signs that your plants are suffering from too much water. Some of those signs include:

  • Stems that feel squishy and soft instead of firm
  • Soil that is persistently wet to the touch
  • Increased pest activity
  • Leaves with spotting or brown edges
  • Yellowing leaves
  • Brown leaves
  • Leaves that feel droopy to the touch

Luckily, if you are able to adapt immediately to the signs that your plans are overwatered, you will be able to reverse the effects and save the plant before any permit damages done. Paying close attention is a great way to make sure that your plants thrive.

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