Does water make your grass green?
We think the concept that water makes your grass green, particularly for us here in Townsville, comes from the end of the dry season. We are driving around looking out the windows at a dust bowl – open spaces, footpaths, unirrigated lawns, Castle Hill are super crispy and drab brown; when the sky finally opens up, it’s like the place turns a vibrant green overnight.
The dead grass was given a drink of water.
Did the water make it green? No, the water brought it back to life.
Water does not make grass green. It sustains it. Water allows the grass to transpire and provides a means for chemical reactions to take place. The nutrients (chemicals) in your soil can react with each other in the water and be made available to the grass.
Most people think they are making their green lawn greener by watering, hence most people overwater.
By overwatering you are:
One easy way to do a check on your current watering habits is to monitor your soil’s moisture level by digging a hole and having a look.
So, before you water your lawn ask yourself if it really needs water?
And, if you want to make your lawn greener, maybe you need to apply fertiliser instead.
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