We might get an early Spring this year, and the potential for rain storms comes with it. Of course, keeping your lawn watered is perhaps the most fundamental of lawn maintenance tasks, but too much of a good thing can threaten its health. Too much water can place a lot of stress on a lawn, promoting the growth of fungal diseases, weeds, and more. So, it is essential to have a plan in place to protect your turf. Here’s what to think about when heavy rain threatens your lawn.
The number one tip we can offer before a big storm is to turn off your sprinkler system. It may seem obvious, but it’s easy to forget the obvious when prepping for a big storm. Get yourself in the habit of turning off the sprinkler system whenever the forecast shows a steady rainfall. Better yet, consider an electronic rain sensor to do this for you!
As the storm comes, take photos anywhere you see puddles of rainwater forming. With everything that goes on in the aftermath of a big storm, you might forget the exact areas on your turf that will require more attention. Taking pictures will help you remember where to dedicate that attention.
Immediately After the Storm
Stay off of your turf for some time after a storm lets up. You will need the soil to dry and firm up a little bit, and stepping on the turf will create ruts that will be very difficult to fix later. After the soil has dried, complete a thorough inspection of the lawn. Remove leaves, twigs, and other items that may have gotten onto the lawn – this will help with the drying process and help protect against the growth of fungus and other diseases.
Long Term Planning
Proper landscape design goes a long way in protecting lawns from the negative effects of rain storms. It may be worth investigating whether you have all of the elements necessary. Check your drainage systems to make sure they are in working order and able to handle rain storms. A French drain might help you redirect water away from vulnerable areas of your lawn. Finally, if your turf is densely compacted, consider aerating it to promote rainwater draining further into the soil.
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