In the heat of summer, most of us are worried about our lawns drying out. But it turns out overwatering can be as much of a hazard to your lawn as underwatering. Wondering if you might be turning on the sprinklers a little too frequently? Here are four signs your lawn has had more than enough water.

  1. Squish: If you watered your lawn hours ago and it still goes squish under your feet, that’s a good indication that you should lay off the water.
  2. Runoff: If you are watering your lawn aggressively enough that the soil can’t absorb the water and water is instead running off into the street or other parts of your yard, once again, scale down the sprinkling.
  3. A wilted lawn: This one can be confusing because some of the signs that your lawn needs water–like not springing back up when you step on it, and blades of grass curling up–can also be signs of overwatering. Use common sense. If you’ve been dousing your lawn and it still looks like it “needs water,” it’s most likely wilted from overwatering.
  4. Fungus: Fungal lawn diseases take advantage of moist conditions to spread and thrive. If your lawn has a blight, mold, or patch problem, you’re probably overwatering. You could also be watering at the wrong time of day (early morning is best, so moisture can evaporate, as opposed to night, when moistures sits on the lawn for hours before the sun rises).

A deep soak a couple of times a week should be all your lawn needs. If you’re watering more than that, cut back and see what happens. A little less water may be the ticket to a healthier, greener lawn.