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Why does water pool in my front yard?

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Why does water pool in my front yard?

This entire summer, everytime I mowed my lawn, it’s always been the same. (See pics) water pools and the soil gets really muddy and u can see the mower wheel marks.

I’m wondering why? The rock was there every year before and this never happened.
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That is a low point in your grading?

This has been a Rainy summer?

Be glad the cactus that lived next to me isn't your neighbour - you'd have bylaw visits over that.
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Has nothing to do with the rock. That part has to be a low spot. Maybe your entire front lawn needs to be graded. It's hard to tell but it looks like the lawn slopes to where the tire marks are deepest.
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KevinM56081 wrote: That is a low point in your grading?

This has been a Rainy summer?

Be glad the cactus that lived next to me isn't your neighbour - you'd have bylaw visits over that.
tew wrote: Has nothing to do with the rock. That part has to be a low spot. Maybe your entire front lawn needs to be graded. It's hard to tell but it looks like the lawn slopes to where the tire marks are deepest.

The grading looks fine tho… it looks like it slopes down to the sidewalk. I should mention the neighbour had trees in the middle (see pic) which they’ve cut off this summer.. there are big roots from the tree next to the rock. I wonder if removing the tree has anytnjng to do with it?

Also, I have sprinkler system, 20 min each session at 3am and 3pm daily.

Also, if I wanted to get rid of the big rock (it’s HEAVY AS SHIT) who can I contact?
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Maybe you are watering to much in that area especially since you are doing it twice a day. Try to do it only once a day, & see if that helps
snipe2014 wrote: The grading looks fine tho… it looks like it slopes down to the sidewalk. I should mention the neighbour had trees in the middle (see pic) which they’ve cut off this summer.. there are big roots from the tree next to the rock. I wonder if removing the tree has anytnjng to do with it?

Also, I have sprinkler system, 20 min each session at 3am and 3pm daily.

Also, if I wanted to get rid of the big rock (it’s HEAVY AS SHIT) who can I contact?
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Check that you don't have a leak in your sprinkler system.

You could call for a Locate, and dig a giant hole and push the rock in...
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sickcars wrote: Maybe you are watering to much in that area especially since you are doing it twice a day. Try to do it only once a day, & see if that helps
bizzyseller wrote: Check that you don't have a leak in your sprinkler system.

You could call for a Locate, and dig a giant hole and push the rock in...
Can confirm there is no leak as the sprinklers are on the other side near the paver stones. Also the water bill has been similar each billing.

I am going to try to reduce the watering to once a day and see if it makes a difference.
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snipe2014 wrote: The grading looks fine tho… it looks like it slopes down to the sidewalk. I should mention the neighbour had trees in the middle (see pic) which they’ve cut off this summer.. there are big roots from the tree next to the rock. I wonder if removing the tree has anytnjng to do with it?

Also, I have sprinkler system, 20 min each session at 3am and 3pm daily.

Also, if I wanted to get rid of the big rock (it’s HEAVY AS SHIT) who can I contact?
Pooling suggests a low spot despite the perception of grading being fine.
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snipe2014 wrote: Also, I have sprinkler system, 20 min each session at 3am and 3pm daily.
You need to revisit your watering. Firstly, watering anything at 3pm is crazy since half the water will be lost to evaporation. Second, watering any established grass twice a day is crazy. You'll just encourage very shallow roots and poor drought resistance. Watering once or twice a week deeply will promote much healthier grass than a shallow watering very frequently.
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With all the rain we get you don't need to water.
Might solve your problem as well as that is obviously a very wet lawn.
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Nomad2006 wrote: You need to revisit your watering. Firstly, watering anything at 3pm is crazy since half the water will be lost to evaporation. Second, watering any established grass twice a day is crazy. You'll just encourage very shallow roots and poor drought resistance. Watering once or twice a week deeply will promote much healthier grass than a shallow watering very frequently.
Reason why I put in the 3pm schedule is because I had obwr seeded last month.

Are u suggesting the grass should be watered once a week? Isn’t that very low watering
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snipe2014 wrote: The grading looks fine tho… it looks like it slopes down to the sidewalk. I should mention the neighbour had trees in the middle (see pic) which they’ve cut off this summer.. there are big roots from the tree next to the rock. I wonder if removing the tree has anytnjng to do with it?

Also, I have sprinkler system, 20 min each session at 3am and 3pm daily.

Also, if I wanted to get rid of the big rock (it’s HEAVY AS SHIT) who can I contact?
Why on earth are you watering your lawn at 3pm? It's the worst time. Did you not learn about evaporation in school?

The answer to your question is simple - you're over watering. There is absolutely no need to be watering your lawn twice a day - at most you should be watering twice a week if you really must (I don't water my lawn at all - it's meant to go dormant in the summer). Have you checked with your city about watering restrictions? Most municipalities don't allow watering when levels are low.

Edit: also worst time to overseed :facepalm:
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Stop watering for 3-5 days. At this rate your soil has enough water.

Then see again after the 3rd-5th day if your water remains muddy. If yes there is a leak somewhere.
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hierophant wrote: Why on earth are you watering your lawn at 3pm? It's the worst time. Did you not learn about evaporation in school?
Do you recommend watering in the morning or late afternoon / early evening?

Thanks
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No healthy lawn needs to be watered every day, let alone twice a day. About a half an inch of water each watering, two waterings a week, three in hotter weeks. So, depending on the flow rate of the sprinklers, 30 minutes to an hour two or three times a week.

Of course, many people also cut their grass too low. In hotter weather, letting it grow longer also helps.
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Yeah, too much water from watering (twice a day). Cut back and let the soil soak up the water.
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Terrible time to overseed and watering way too much
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timofeewho wrote: Do you recommend watering in the morning or late afternoon / early evening?
I’ve always watered in the early morning (6-7am). Watering in the evening leaves things wet overnight which encourages undesired things like fungal growth.
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mrweather wrote: I’ve always watered in the early morning (6-7am). Watering in the evening leaves things wet overnight which encourages undesired things like fungal growth.
I see, what about when overseeding? Should I be watering more frequently per day? If so, when's the next best time?
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Soil aeration and drainage which can be amended by various means easily.
Sometimes there may be hindrances beneath the soil also preventing the water from percolating.
The neighbors tree which is now cut down seems to have been getting rid of a lot of water before via it's own root uptake and transpiration etc.
Now that it's gone you have to be careful not to drown your grass by watering in addition to rainfall.

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