When you invest in a sprinkler system, one of your main sources of inspiration is likely the convenience it offers. After all, you can program your new sprinkler to come on and shut off automatically.
However, there are a few dangers that may occur as well. After all, if you aren’t carefully monitoring the amount of water being distributed over your lawn, overwatering may occur. The good news is, there are some signs that will let you know if your lawn is being overwatered.
Signs of an Overwatered Lawn
Some of the most obvious signs your lawn is being overwatered include:
- Severely compacted soils
- The appearance of Necrotic Ring Spot lawn fungus
- Abundance of insects
- Root rot
- Shallow root systems
Overwatering your lawn is actually more dangerous to your grass and trees than underwatering. That’s because if a lawn is overwatered, it is going to starve the soil of oxygen, which is essential for the health of the soil to help promote deeper grass roots.
If you notice any of the issues here, then it is time to figure out what is causing the overwatering problem. In most cases, it’s going to be your sprinkler system.
Common Reasons Your Sprinkler System is Overwatering Your Lawn
There are several reasons a sprinkler system may be distributing too much water to a lawn. One is that it was programmed incorrectly.
When your sprinkler system is first installed, the professionals who installed it should program your system to come on and go off at certain times. However, as the seasons change and the amount of rainfall varies, the system may begin to distribute too much water.
There is good news, as this is an easy fix. In most cases, you can simply call the professionals to reprogram your system. If you have learned how to use the system, you can even do this yourself.
Another problem that may be causing the sprinkler system to overwater your lawn is if one of the sprinkler heads is broken or malfunctioning. If this is the case, then the water may be coming out too fast and causing too much water to be distributed on the lawn.
This, too, is a pretty easy fix. Replacing the sprinkler head should correct the issue.
Keeping Your Lawn Healthy and Your Sprinkler System Operating Properly
If you want to keep your lawn healthy, then you are going to have to develop the right watering schedule and ensure the grass and trees are not being overwatered. If your sprinkler system is to blame and the fixes above don’t correct the problem, then it is best to call the professionals. They can easily determine the underlying issue.
If you need help with your home’s sprinkler system, be sure to call our team at The IDL Company. We can provide you with the needed repairs in a timely manner. We will also ensure your sprinkler system is operating properly, regardless of its current condition.