As 2014 dawned many homeowners awoke to find their garden at siege. Rainfall and heavy winds rendered many gardens in a state of disrepair, damaging fencing and saturating lawns. This article will briefly outline the key steps in rousing your lawn to its former glory.
Water logging generally occurs when water starts to sit on the surface of the soil and either drains too slowly or does not drain at all. Once the water starts to settle around the roots, it can take air away which is crucial to the growing process.
Let Your Lawn Breathe
To help the grass breathe, you can be sure that you work to aerate the lawn. This can often be done by spiking, slitting or pricking the soil where you notice that the problem is starting to occur. There are various hand spiking tools that you can use to aerate your lawn as well as spiked shoes that you can strap onto your feet as you walk around that will help get the air into the right places.
The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Once the lawn starts to drain, you can look into more long term options that will keep your lawn from getting water logged in the future. Think about having a drainage system installed that will keep the water evenly distributed where it needs to go in order to keep the grass nice and healthy. Sometimes, simply removing old turf and replacing it with new topsoil can work wonders to help even out the surface area where you had once had water logging issues with your lawn.
No measures can absolutely safeguard your lawn against a deluge. However, with forward planning you can significantly reduce the damage caused by heavy rainfall.