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Signs You’re Overusing Your Sprinklers in Denver


October 5, 2016

After working with landscapers to design a beautiful yard, you may want to go above and beyond to take care of it and ensure it flourishes. But, excessively watering your yard is not the way to do this. How do you know when you’re overusing your sprinklers in Denver? Look for these signs:

Puddles

Make it a habit to walk through your yard on a regular basis to check for water puddles. If you notice puddles of water sitting on the surface of your lawn, this is the most obvious sign that you are overwatering your grass. But even if you don’t see puddles of water, you could still be guilty of this crime. If your lawn feels “squishy,” it is being overwatered, regardless of whether any puddles have surfaced.

Fungus

When you consistently overwater your yard, you create a moist environment that is perfect for fungus to thrive in. How can you spot a fungus taking over your yard? Take a step back and look at your yard to determine if the grass looks patchy, which is a sign of a fungal lawn. Or, take a deep inhale to see if you smell mold or mildew, which is also a sign. If you spot these signs but really don’t think you have been overwatering, it could be because you are watering at the wrong time of the day. Learn about the smarter way to water your lawn.

Pests

Once you have overwatered your lawn, thatch, which is slightly decomposed plant material, begins to settle onto the surface. This is a problem in and of itself, but it leads to even bigger problems because it creates the perfect environment for pests and insects to breed. Why? The thatch provides protection from bug sprays that you may apply to your lawn, so these tiny pests can bury underneath the thatch and survive even if you continue to spray pesticides. Many of the pests that will breed underneath thatch feed off of grass roots, which will eventually cause your grass to die and wilt over in your lawn. To prevent this problem, stop overwatering and remove thatch as soon as you see it by using a power rake. Once the thatch has been removed, spray the grass with pesticides since the bugs will then be exposed.

Weeds

Many yards have weeds, but they tend to grow rampant in overwatered lawns. Some species of weeds, such as yellow nutsedge, pop up in areas where grass cannot successfully grow because of the excessive water. These weeds will spring up overnight and slowly begin to make their way through your entire lawn, so deal with the issue right away by adjusting your watering schedule and removing the weeds.

Need more advice on caring for your lawn? Water Solutions has been providing sprinkler and landscaping services for over 22 years. Our team is dedicated to providing the best to our customers, which is why we always guarantee all of our products and services. Our staff consists of landscapers and other professionals who specialize in sprinklers and yard maintenance so we can fulfill all of your needs. Contact our team today today for a free estimate!
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