The end of summer and early fall often brings us some intense downpours, especially since hurricane season is beginning. Not only can the heavy rain cause damage to your home, it can also wreak havoc on your lawn! If everything floods, the water will cause your grass to turn brown and make it grow slower.
To prevent this from happening, we here at Summer Rain Sprinklers have five tips to care for your lawn after heavy rain:
Rake up leaves, pine needles, sticks and other debris that may have blown onto your yard during the storm. It’s essential to remove these pieces from the yard to prevent water from pooling and collecting on top of them, which can lead to soil erosion or loss of nutrients.
It’s not a good idea to mow your lawn while it’s wet; it’s best to wait until the grass is completely dry before cutting it. Cutting your grass while it’s wet can lead to ruts and compaction in the soft ground, making it harder for everything to grow back as it normally would.
If you notice some bad flooding in areas around your yard, it’s best to stay off the grass for a while. When you walk on wet grass, it can harm the blades. You’ll know when it’s safe to walk on the grass again when you don’t leave any wet footprints behind!
When caring for your lawn after a big storm, aeration is the best way to help. After heavy rain, soil can become compacted and dry out due to a lack of oxygen in the ground. This makes it hard for grass roots to grow and thrive as they should. Aerating will help break up that soil so that water can get through more efficiently, while also making room for air to flow in between those clumps of dirt.
After everything is said and done and your yard is dry again, don’t be afraid to keep up with your regularly scheduled watering program. Actually, one of the most important things you can do for your lawn after heavy rain is water it! This will help with rinsing out any dirt or other materials from the ground and provide nutrients to maintain a healthy, grassy look.
For more information on how to protect, improve and enhance your lawn, contact us at Summer Rain Sprinklers. From irrigation systems to emergency servicing, we’re happy to help you find a solution that fits your unique home and budget.