Signs You Might Be Over Watering Your Lawn

Watering your lawn consistently throughout the spring and summer months is a great way to keep it healthy, green and lush. But at what point does consistent watering cross over and become overwatering?

While you may think that giving your lawn more than enough water is helping, the reality is that you're likely hurting your lawn. Giving your lawn too much water can cause it to basically drown, die or even become more susceptible to disease.

To make sure you can recognize the signs of overwatering before it seriously impacts the health of your lawn, our irrigation experts have put together this helpful list of warning signs. If you are noticing any of the following signs in your lawn, it may be time to reassess your watering routine.


You may have noticed mold forming on your lawn in the early spring, right after the snow began to melt away. This is called snow mold and it's quite common in our Southern Ontario climate. Having mold, mildew or fungus form on your lawn indicates that there is too much moisture. If these problems are presenting themselves in the summer months it can be a sure sign of overwatering.

Rotting Roots

A good way to tell if you are overwatering your lawn is to look at the root system. If the roots are white and stiff they are healthy. If the roots are brown and slimy they are likely being overwatered.

When a plant like grass becomes overwatered, the root system can drown because the air pockets that supply the plant with the oxygen it needs to survive become filled with water. Drowned roots systems leave the plant vulnerable to disease and death.


While you may think that wilting is commonly associated with a plant that has not had enough water, you'll be surprised to learn that wilting also occurs from overwatering. The distinguishing factor is in the way they wilt. When plants have not had enough water, they wilt by curling up, turning brown and cracking. When plants are overwatered, they wilt by going limp and turning yellow or brown.

Contact Nutri-Lawn Burlington

If your lawn is showing any of the above signs of overwatering, it's time to re-evaluate your watering schedule. While you may think you are giving your lawn what it needs you might actually be killing it. Luckily, there's a good chance that you still have time to reverse the damage.

One of the best ways to ensure your lawn is getting the correct amount of water is to install an inground sprinkler system. The programmable settings of an inground irrigation system allow you to take the guesswork out of watering your lawn, while the weather sensor technology tells your system when your lawn has had enough water from natural sources. Instead of wondering if last night's rainfall gave your lawn the water it needed, let your irrigation system measure the precipitation and adjust the watering schedule accordingly. To learn more about inground irrigation systems and how they can help you maintain a beautiful healthy lawn, contact our experienced team today.