Regardless of if you have a sprinkler system at your home or commercial property, you may be wasting money – and not even know it. If your irrigation system has controllers, they may be nothing more than glorified times, and chances are you don’t adjust them as often as you should.
When this happens, you wind up overwatering your landscape, spending too much on water and even hurting the health and well-being of your grass and plants. Regardless of if it just rained or if the temperature goes up or down, your timer is applying the same amount of water, regardless of if that’s what the landscape needs, or not.
Overwater is more common than under watering – which is something that many people don’t realize. It can cause serious consequences. Some of the most common damages caused by overwatering include:
- Increased slips and falls
- Unhealthy plants or the loss of plants
- Brand damage for commercial facilities
- Hardscape damage (the hardwood, concrete, and bricks used for landscaping)
- Unhealthy fertilizer runoff
- Fines and penalties
- Foundation and slope damage with an increased potential for mold
Harmful Effects of Overwatering to Plants and Grass
As mentioned above, one of the main dangers of overwatering to your home’s landscape is that it makes it susceptible to diseases and health by interfering with the growth and overall health of the grass. The four most prominent concerns include:
Thatch: Shows up as brown or dead spots and is a layer of partly decomposed grass cuttings, roots, runner, and organic debris that result in a dense fabric on the top of the soil. As the thatch gets thicker, the turf develops a root system that’s much shallower, which is bad because this type of turf isn’t drought resistant.
Fungus: Overwatering is going to promote fungal growth and a clear sign of overwatering is if you have mushrooms growing in your lawn. Another sign of fungal growth is if your grass turns a rust or yellow color, which is called Anthracnose.
Weeds: Weeds grow and thrive in overwatering conditions. Some of the most prolific weeds include nutsedge and crabgrass, which crowd out your healthy grass.
Creates a breeding ground for pests: Too much water is the perfect environment for mosquitoes and other insects to breed. Other insects may thrive in these conditions, such as grubs, June beetles, cutworms, and army-worms.
Do You Need Help with Your Irrigation System?
Have you noticed that your lawn or landscape is being overwatered? If so, now is the time to call in the pros for help. They can evaluate the situation and determine the best course of action to ensure the problem is resolved and that the water issue is eliminated.
Our team at The IDL Company has experience handling these types of issues. Contact us today to learn more about the changes we can implement to help prevent overwatering.