While the amount of water you use each time you irrigate your lawn shouldn’t change from season to season, the irrigation frequency should. Certain seasons (usually fall and winter) will require much less water, though even in spring and summer you should be aware that too much water can harm your lawn. In fact, it is worse to overwater your lawn that underwater it. The number one reason is that too much water can decrease the oxygen level of your lawn.
Professionally installed irrigation systems should be set at an optimal level of water usage as well as uniform water coverage. When soil loses oxygen, a range of problems can occur, such as:
- Fungal growth: Grass blades that are constantly wet are a perfect environment for the growth of fungi such as mushrooms.
- Compacted soil: The density of the soil increases, or compresses, hindering root growth, which may cause an oxygen deficiency.
- Shallow root growth: Grass roots reach deep into the soil, which is one of the reasons for its longevity. Too much water produces shallow roots, ultimately harming the life of your lawn.
In Florida, set your irrigation system for the early morning hours. Watering your lawn before 10:00 a.m. allows for greater soil penetration and lets the grass leaves dry before the water in the soil evaporates in the warmer parts of the day. Avoid watering in the evening because this keeps the lawn wet overnight, increasing the risk of disease in your lawn, like mold and fungus.
With a state-of-the-art irrigation system from Challenger Irrigation, your Spring Hill, Florida lawn will receive just the right amount of water it needs to stay healthy and lush year round. Please call us at [phoneNumber] to schedule your lawn irrigation system consultation today.