Every living thing needs water to survive. This includes everything from your toddler to your pet cat to the plants in your lawn. Your natural grass is certainly no exception to this rule. But we all know there can be too much of a good thing.
Much of the southeastern United States has experienced a very wet start to 2020, and the typically rainy spring months are just beginning. So what should you be on the lookout for during and after such wet weather?
Too much water can cause a few problems for your turfgrass, including:
- Weed Growth- weeds love water, and their growth can be accelerated by these frequent rain events.
- Nutrient loss- water can saturate soil and flush out the nutrients your grass needs.
- Fungal growth- a damp environment is ideal for fungus. If you see yellowish patches, it may indicate a fungus problem.
As with anything that can stress your turfgrass (weeds, heat, drought, shade), excess water can cause damage. Be sure you’re aware of these challenges and watch for signs of deeper damage.