The Dangers of Overwatering Your Turf

The weather during this time of year in Florida can be unpredictable. You might have rain for days and then none for over a week. While it is important to make sure that your turf stays moist and healthy, you also want to make sure that you don’t overwater it. There are several things that can happen if your turf is overwatered.

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Root System Health

The root system of the turf is what draws in water and oxygen into the grass. When a lawn is overwatered, the root system will drown and be unable to draw the oxygen the grass needs to thrive. The roots can shrivel and begin to die off if the problem is not quickly addressed.

Promotes Weeds

Keeping your lawn well-watered is important for discouraging weeds, but overwatering can actually increase the likelihood of weeds in some types of grass and turf. This is why you often have to combat weeds during or after a rainy season.


Plants must be able to get oxygen in order to survive. Without it they will die. Just like people, if grass doesn’t get oxygen, it suffocates. And just like people, it can’t get oxygen if most of it is underwater. Remember that your lawn extends well into the soil beyond what you can see.


Overwatering can lead to a runoff of chemicals and other pollution which can infiltrate your lawn and ruin your grass. Some pollution can kill off grass completely, while other pollution might cause it to change color or begin to fail to thrive.

If you have questions about how to care for your turf, contact us today for more information. We can discuss the different types of turf and how to best care for them.