The danger of overwatering is always present. Overwatering is harmful to your lawn and wastes water. So use this handy guide to learn the various overwatering threat levels.
The lawn is lush, green and no runoff is evident. If your lawn looks healthy and green, and neighborhood dogs like to roll around in it (maybe the neighbors, too), then you have achieved “Condition Green.”
If your lawn feels a little mushy when you walk on it, and you see some runoff on the sidewalk or street, you’re probably overwatering just a little and have slipped into Condition Yellow. Cut back on the watering..
If you’re seeing puddles in your yard or water running down the street, along with the occasional bloom of mushrooms, your lawn has reached the dreaded Condition Orange. You are overwatering and your watering schedule needs some serious tinkering.
Danger! Danger! If your lawn looks like a swamp, turn off your sprinkler system immediately. Either you’re watering way far too much or you have a serious leak. Sure signs of a Condition Red lawn include:
- Muddy yard.
- Fountains of water shooting straight into the air from a broken sprinkler head.
- A thriving population of smallmouth bass in the lawn.
If you want to avoid Conditions Yellow, Orange, and Red, just follow Larry’s guidelines for lawn watering: twice a week, one-half inch of water each time during the summer months.