Watering Mishaps: How You’re Unknowingly Ruining Your Lawn

Watering Mishaps: How You’re Unknowingly Ruining Your LawnSpring has arrived, which means there’s likely plenty of showers coming your way. However, if you’re a novice gardener, you likely haven’t mastered the art of watering your lawn. Not watering enough can cause your lawn to expire. The purpose of watering is to nurture the soil beneath the grass to foster a healthy and lush lawn. In our last post, we discussed how misusing common yard and lawn products can damage and even kill your lawn. This time, we’re going to take a deeper look into how your watering habits could be causing the same fate for your hard-earned lawn. Protect your home and its lawn with a Dayville Home Insurance policy, and take a look at some common mistakes novice homeowners make when it comes to tending their yard.

Setting your sprinkler system to automatic.

Watering your lawn isn’t a one-size-fits-all operation. Depending on the season and the moisture level, your lawn and plants have different needs.

Run your system when you’re conscious so you’re sure it’s operating correctly. Install a water sensor to keep it from operating in the rain or when the soil is wet. Turn it off when your plants and lawn are dormant. And during the growing season, instead of running it 20 minutes every day, run it for an hour twice a week. The water will penetrate the soil more deeply, so plants will grow deeper roots and better tolerate drought, explains Southern Living.

Watering during the hottest part of the day.

This is wasteful as most of the water gets evaporated before it can penetrate the soil.

Watering the leaves rather than the roots.

Leaves only absorb a fraction of the water that the plant needs to thrive. When watering, aim for the roots. Allow the water to soak up before continuing.


A wilting plant does not always mean it’s thirsty. In fact, it could indicate it’s drowning. Group together plants with similar watering needs so that you aren’t accidentally oversaturating the plant and causing it to die.


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