One of the most common questions homeowners have during the fall months is how much they should water their lawn. Fall precipitation levels can vary from year to year, but a good rule of thumb to go by is, if it’s been a week or two since your lawn has received rain, you should go ahead and water it.
Determining how much you should water
If you water your lawn too much, you could ruin your lawn. If you water your lawn too little…you could ruin your lawn. So how do you determine exactly how much you should water from week to week? Well, your lawn probably doesn’t need to be irrigated during the fall months, but you should still be prepared to water manually each week until the freezing temps kick in. Overwatering in the fall months is unhealthy for your lawn, so if it has already rained an inch or two that week, don’t water your lawn.
Signs you’re watering too much or too little
Another way to determine how much you should water your lawn in the fall months is to look at your lawn’s appearance. If weeds are multiplying before your eyes, particularly ones like crabgrass, or you notice fungi like mushrooms popping up here and there, you’re probably watering too much. On the other hand, if your lawn starts looking bluish-gray in color or if the blades don’t “bounce back” after you step on them, your lawn is probably dehydrated and in need of watering.