As spring arrives it brings fluctuations in weather. While the sunny days can provide great opportunities for enjoying your landscape and garden, you will also encounter many rainy days that soak your lawn and landscape. Heavy rains can leave many yards waterlogged and drenched. While nature often has ways of recovering from these rainy days, there are a few ways you can give your landscape a helping hand. The following wet weather lawn care tips can help you navigate the rainy days of spring.
Essential Wet Weather Lawn Care Tips At a Glance
You should remember a few basic tips when dealing with wet lawns.
- Don’t walk on saturated soil
- Remove silt and debris on your lawn
- Avoid mowing wet lawns
- Improve the drainage of your lawn
- Wait until soil is not saturated to aerate
- Divert excess rainwater to prevent flooding in your lawn when possible
Why You Shouldn’t Mow Wet Grass
As frustrating as it might be to wait, you should give your lawn time to recover from excessively wet weather. You cannot work on your lawn right after rainfall without risking some damage. Mowing a saturated lawn puts your yard at risk of compaction and ruts. For best results, wait until your lawn has dried out, and then set the mower blades to the highest cutting height before mowing.
Be Patient When Caring For Your Lawn
One of the most important wet weather lawn care tips is to be patient. If your lawn has been waterlogged for a couple of days, you may have to wait until water levels have subsided and you can walk on the grass without leaving wet footprints.
If you want to start caring for your lawn, one thing you can do right away is to check for any especially waterlogged or vulnerable areas where heavy rain tends to collect. Make a note of these areas and consider preventative action you can take by either leveling out the ground levels or improving drainage.
Yearly physical aeration is recommended to help water infiltrate into your soil. An application of soil surfactant will help reduce surface tension and allow water to percolate. Your Scientific Plant Service Advisor can evaluate your soil and make appropriate recommendations.
How to Treat Flooded Lawns
If your lawn has been flooded, remember that any silt left behind may form a layer that further prevents proper drainage. You should remove silt along with any debris from the lawn by hosing or raking it off.
If your lawn has been submerged for more than a few days or is covered with more than ¾ inches of silt, it may need specialized attention. If that is the case, work with a professional to ensure that the best work is done.
Scientific Plant Service Is Your Go-To Source In Landscape Healthcare
Scientific Plant Service, located in Baltimore, is a privately owned corporation, chartered in Maryland in 1957 by Frank J. Burke. We started as a full-service Arborists specializing in the care of shade trees and ornamental shrubs, but today we are a Lawn Care company that is a huge part of the community. From aquatic environments and snow management to deer and mole control, SPS has services tailored specifically for your lawn and landscape.
We offer services in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia, including: Harford, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Anne Arundel, Montgomery, Prince Georges, Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Calvert counties in MD, as well as Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church in VA. For more information, contact us online, or call us at 410-321-0970. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.