While rain is welcomed by many people, especially those too lazy to water their garden, there comes a problem: too much rain isn’t a good thing. Of course, rain is great for keeping your lawn green, but what happens if it rains too much? Well, it can wreak havoc on your turf. That said, the good news is that even if your lawn has become a victim of too much rain, you can still save it.
Today, we want to share with you the steps you need to take to save your lawn from rain damage:
1. Preplan Your Efforts
The best way to ensure your lawn doesn’t get damaged by rain is to preplan and prepare everything. For example, if you hear of heavy rain forecasts, then disabling your sprinklers will ensure that unnecessary water doesn’t get to your lawn.
Another great thing you can do to prepare for the event is to take pictures after some rain. This will help you understand where the drainage areas are and which parts tend to flood quickly. That way, you can then tackle these appropriate places to ensure that water drains quickly and that any flooding spots are levelled out to help water run away from your lawn faster.
2. Immediately Drain Any Flooding Spots
The moment it rains, you need to be ready. Yes, you want to take the necessary steps to avoid any flooding, but if it still happens, you’ll need to act quickly. Why is this the case? Well, grass needs air to grow, specifically carbon dioxide. If they’re completely submerged in water, CO2 cannot reach them. While they may survive like this for a day or two, the chances of them dying on you increases after that. Another danger to flooding is silt, which can cover your grass. This can stop sunlight from reaching the grass.
With all of that in mind, if the rain has stopped and you notice your lawn is flooded or covered with silt, get to work right away. The faster you drain the area and remove the silt (along with any other debris), the higher the chances that your lawn will recover.
3. Add Some Fertilizer After Things Dry Up
Once the flooding and silt are gone, you’ll want to give your lawn some fertilizer. This will help it recover faster, and it will also help prevent it from getting further damaged by bugs and other pests.
Of course, you should only fertilize after the flooding has been dealt with. This is because you don’t want to encourage any growth at this point. After the flooding has been dealt with, you can then fertilize your lawn and keep it healthy.
Keep in mind that you may also want to use a pre-emergent herbicide to kill weeds that the water may have brought with it from other areas. That way, your grass can grow and then overtake the weed seeds, restoring your lawn to its former glory.
As you can see, repairing damage to your lawn caused by a flood isn’t completely impossible. You just need to understand what to do in these situations. You also need to be proactive and prepare ahead of time to deal with any flooding that may occur. If you can do these things, then you will have a healthy, non-damaged lawn come spring.
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