How to Restore An Overwatered Lawn

Last updated: November 17, 2020
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Introduction

There are some negative aspects of looking after your grass’s lawn, and sometimes it could be challenging or intimidating. If you have the right idea and have the right experience, almost all your lawn problems can be repaired like your lawn has a brown color to even restoring agree and patchy vibrancy requires a simple process. The process of fixing issues on your lawn is vital for lawn owners, and with the right experience and training, you are sure to carry out the necessary steps.

An overwatered lawn can have adverse effects on your lawn and negatively affect your lawn’s health. It could cause bare or yellow patches and may drown the grass. Once you notice any sign that your lawn might be overwatered, you will need to quickly restore the overwatered lawn if you want to save your lawn. In this article, we have come up with ways to restore your lawn in overwatering cases, together with the causes and what is overwatering.

Overwatering?

Supplying adequate water can be very important to your lawn’s growth and maintenance in hot and dry conditions. As much as water is good on your lawn, you have to be careful not to add excess water because that can be bad for your lawn. In dry conditions like wetter summers and hotter days, you are prone to overwater your lawn, which is bad for your lawn and growth. When your lawn is watered correctly, it tends to go in deep to the bottom of the soil, and when you overwater it, it tends to leave a massive log of water on the surface of your lawn. When your lawn is adequately watered, the roots tend to go deep beneath the soil to search for water. But that is not when it is overwatered as the roots don’t need to go deep into the soil to find water, then your roots become weaker and prone to more problems.

What happens when there is no water?

In the course of a hot, dry summer, your lawn’s inadequate watering can lead to forming a brown color. Inadequate water to your lawn makes it turn brown, but the appearance is not so terrible like you might imagine from the looks because the brown grass is just dormant, not dead. When the lawn is watered correctly, it tends to turn back to the green color, which is not the best but preferable to overwatering because it causes less damage. When trying to restore your brown lawn, applying water regularly might not be the ideal condition for restoration. It would be best if you mowed at higher and reduce the lawn’s stress by trying not to step foot on it, and you will avoid excess watering.

Overwatering and Sprinkler system

When you use a sprinkler system on your lawn, it helps keep it healthy and well-hydrated during dryer and hotter periods, and aids the even distribution of water on your lawn, and helps reduce the energy needed to maintain your lawn. Using a sprinkler system can be easy, but you must also make sure they are set up correctly with the necessary features to stop your lawn’s overwatering. The rain sensor is a necessary feature that should be included in your sprinkler system because it enables it to switch off automatically when it is scheduled to come off, but there is heavy rain. Without this feature, your lawn can be overwatered when the rain is massive and the sprinkler is working, which will not directly be your fault.

Problems associated with overwatering

Different problems could occur when your lawn is overwatered; for instance, it would harm the lawn, making your lawn look unhealthy even for the best looking lawns. The fungus’s growth is one problem that could occur when your lawn is overwatered, fungi occur when the soil is moist together with the blades of the grass, and all this is possible when you water your lawn often.

One symptom of rust fungus is reddish, thin, and weak grass, which is common when a lawn is overwatered. The possibility of mushrooms growing in an overwatered lawn and the uncomfortable structure present responsible for turning your lawn brown is also possible. Weeds can also be present in an overwatered lawn as weeds like crabgrass and nutsedge develop in wet conditions, which is bad for your grass because it is weak and can quickly be crowded out. In the case of weeds overcrowding your lawn, it is best to apply an effective weed killer.

An infestation of your lawn by pests and insects is one of the major problems your lawn could experience when there is excess water; excess thatch is not necessary found in waterlogged lawns. A thick surface of materials is produced by the excess thatch, which most insects desire because it presents a comfortable habitat for them and prevents them from typical insecticides. Any lawn that insects are habitats can be chewed or devoured, especially when it is not healthy and overused, mainly due to overwatering. Chewing through the blades of your grass is done mostly by the different kinds of worms already present in the grass. This chewing is the leading cause of dry portions because the grass’s blades are chewed at the base. The grassroots can wilt and die because of the white grubs present.

How to know an overwatered lawn

Knowing if there is excess water on your lawn is relatively easy. The obvious way to know is the excess water should be at the surface of your lawn and won’t soak properly. You might also be walking on your lawn and have a tender feeling; thesof and spongy feeling mean that your soil has accumulated excess water. What over-saturation means is that the soil can not soak in more water caused by excess water. If you notice any part with excess water or your grass is shining, or there is stagnant water in some part of your lawn, it means the water is not capable of soaking into the ground because it has been overwatered. If you experience a runoff into your house or driveway at any point, then it is most likely that you have excess water on your lawn, and when it could not be absorbed by the soil caused the runoff. You could also lose valuable nutrients from your soil because excess water will wash it away, thereby leaving your grass lacking nutrients, which could affect their growth and make the grass lose its green color.

How to get back your lawn after it has been overwatered

As soon as you nice any of the signs mentioned above that cause overwatering, you should find a solution as soon as possible to prevent the situation from causing more damage. The first thing you should do is have a look at your lawn. This will enable you to know how badly the overwatering has affected your lawn. Some of the factors you will need to consider are the capacity of water needed, what is the quantity supplied by your sprinkler system, and how much water does the rain supply. If you can answer these questions, you should adequately know how to reduce the supply capacity on your irrigation and watering to restore your overwatered lawn.

Cutting back on the water supply to your lawn does not solve some issues because issues that can damage your lawn will still be present and need a different solution. Applying fungicides and insecticide might be your first thought, but other methods are available, which you need to try first to get back your soil to its full health. One method that works is aerating and dethatching the lawn. Dethatching is easy as it involves breaking up thatches along the base of your lawn, thereby creating a pathway for air and water. It also helps to get rid of the protective environment that encourages the infestation of insects and fungi. It would help if you dethatched before using insecticide or fungicide because it helps it reach its target is the thatch but the bottom, aiding the insecticide or fungicide more effective. Aeration is another way of helping the grass grow healthier and help it get rid of the excess water, also helping the soil get the needed oxygen by breaking up compact soil structures. Fertilizing your lawn helps it regain any lost nutrient that may have occurred due to runoff to your garage or walkway due to overwatering. A fertilizer that has adequate nitrogen is highly recommended because it helps your soil grow healthy and recover from overwatering.

Conclusion

Overwatering should not be taken lightly because it can cause significant damage to your lawn if not fixed on time. It is better to prevent overwatering because it is easier than trying to cure overwatering. Adhering to the process mentioned above, you should not have a problem keeping your lawn in the right condition after dealing with your overwatering problem. We hope you have found this article helpful.