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September 07/2022

Over-Irrigation and Its Impact on Soil

If your plants don't have access to water, it affects growth and development, but too much water adversely affects the overall well-being of your landscape. If you detect stagnant water on a specific area of your property after irrigation, you may need to schedule maintenance with a trusted sprinkler repair company to mitigate further damage. Atlanta Irrigation Company ensures everything is in tip-top condition by providing quality irrigation system installation and continuous maintenance to maximize efficiency and function. Failure to address over-irrigation affects air circulation in the soil, making plants unable to breathe.

Irrigation water should neither be too much nor less to maintain a healthy and lush landscape. Luckily, scheduling routine maintenance checks with an irrigation service provider helps to detect trivial issues before they get out of hand. Here are some of the effects of irregular and excessive irrigation.

Increase in Alkaline and Saline Elements in Soil

Regularly irrigating your backyard or garden with excessive water increases groundwater levels, resulting in high solvent salts. When the temperatures are high, evaporation causes the salts from the saline water to collect on the surface of the soil and the subsequent adverse effects on crop growth and production. Once the concentration of solvent salts increases beyond 0.1, plant growth is permanently inhibited.

The Problem with Water Logging

Another downside to excessive irrigation is waterlogging, which is quite common in areas where the soil has bold granules, and the hard rocks are found close to the surface. When you hire our experts for professional irrigation system installation, we conduct a comprehensive assessment of your premises to determine the current state of your soil and make the necessary adjustments to your system to prevent over-watering.

Prevent Proper Air Circulation

Excess water takes the place of air in the soil pores, making it difficult for the roots to absorb sufficient air and nutrients needed for breathing and growing. When plants lack enough air or nutrients, it has a devastating effect on their general health. The soil is also susceptible to fungi like mold, which cause diseases, destroying the entire plant. If you detect a decline in your landscape yet regularly conduct irrigation, you need to call a professional directed to your lawn.

Reduction in Soil Temperature

Excessive water accumulation becomes cold during evaporation, reducing soil temperature and inhibiting seed growth by reducing the activeness of organisms in the soil. While the impact of overwatering is not instantly felt, failing to address the problem can significantly damage your plants and the overall aesthetics of your property.

Mushy Land

Pooling water turns your lawn marshy, making it difficult for plants to thrive except forest grass which is used to such conditions. If you intend to cultivate the land for irrigation purposes, overwatering renders the land unproductive, which can be devastating. If you are looking for an effective and efficient irrigation system to maximize your efforts without affecting the quality of your yard, contact us at Atlanta Irrigation Company and schedule a consultation with our team of experts. We provide various services at competitive market rates, from irrigation system installation to sprinkler repair and maintenance.