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Too Much Rain?

Too Much Rain?

How Too Much Rain Affects Your Lawn – Partial Content by Reddi Lawn

Living in the south we are accustom to large amounts of rain periodically. While we enjoy the spring shower after periods of drought, there can be too much of a good thing. For many homeowners, soggy lawns could turn into big problems.

Lawn Problems Caused by Excessive Rain and Over Watering

  • Surface damage – Walking and moving objects like trash cans across a saturated lawn will not only compact soils, but it can leave permanent marks or tracks in your yard.
  • Drown grass roots – Grass needs oxygen to grow, and excessive water will fill the air gaps in the soil, effectively drowning the plants.
  • Disease caused by fungus – Too much water can cause grass roots to rot and can lead to disease which starts off as yellow patches in your yard; once fungus sets in, little can be done except reseeding the dead patches in the fall.
  • More weeds – Consistently over watering your lawn can cause a lot of hard-to-kill weeds to grow
  • Loss of nutrients – If your lawn gets too much water, vital nutrients are washed away before they can be absorbed through the root system.
  • Excessive fertilizer needs – Because your grass isn’t getting the nutrients it needs, you’ll have to use additional fertilizer to try and compensate.
  • Waste money and water – Your lawn can absorb a limited amount of water at a time, so over watering or watering your lawn when it’s raining causes you to pay for and use water the grass doesn’t need; and, as mentioned above, you’ll be spending more money on costly fertilizer treatments

Prevent Over Watering Problems

Of course, you can’t control the rain, but you can take steps to help your lawn get through periods of both rain and drought.

Make sure your yard has proper drainage
After a rain storm, check your yard for puddles or standing water. If there are low spots in your yard, bringing in some fill dirt and reseeding the area can help. Also, make sure your rain gutters are clean and that the downspouts have extenders on them to direct water away from your home’s foundation. You can even install extenders that can be buried to form a french drain system that disperses the water underground instead of on your lawn’s surface.

Know when and how much to water your lawn
Basically, your yard should be watered deeply but infrequently. Most lawns only need about an inch of water per week, and watering every day usually isn’t necessary. Letting the soil dry out between watering will encourage deep root growth and thick grass coverage, which means your lawn will withstand drought conditions better. You’ll need to adjust your watering plan throughout the season as your lawn’s water needs change.

If you have a sprinkler system, consider installing a rain sensor
Southern storms can pop up with little warning, but adding a rain sensor to your irrigation system controls will prevent the sprinklers from running when it’s raining. In addition to keeping your lawn healthy, you’ll save money and conserve water.

Need help setting up a watering plan or dealing with the effects of too much rain on your lawn? Give us a call today at 334-685-1588.

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