Do you have a waterlogged lawn?
The old saying ‘April showers’ has certainly been accurate this month, as we have been deluged with rain shower after rain shower causing very bad flooding in gardens all over the UK. So what’s the best way to deal with a waterlogged lawn? Find out with advice from Paynes Turf.
How excess water can damage your lawn
Many lawns are severely under water, soggy, and just downright wet this year. With heavier rainfall becoming more commonplace, it’s a good idea to try to prevent your lawn from becoming waterlogged in the first place, wherever possible. A lack of oxygen and an excess of water could cause the grass plans to drown, resulting in stunted growth and wilt. In addition, waterlogging can also exacerbate compacted soil, and encourage lawn diseases. What’s more, when plants are left in water the roots will often turn black and the surrounding soil become foul smelling, a bit like rotten eggs!
How to deal with a waterlogged lawn
Try not to walk on the lawn when it is waterlogged as this could not only damage the grass plants, it could also compact the soil even further. When the weather does dry up and the water has drained clear, it’s a good idea to aerate the lawn to help prevent it from becoming waterlogged in the future. You can do this with a garden fork, or if your lawn is vast, you may want to hire a mechanical aerator to get the job done much faster and with less effort.
To aerate your lawn with a garden fork, push the fork about 15cm deep into the lawn, and then repeat by spacing out the next set of holes 15cm apart. Continue this process over the entire lawn. Lime-free sand will really help with drainage problems, so use a stiff broom to brush the sand into the holes.
A mechanical aerator pulls plugs of soil out from the ground to create holes in the lawn. You’ll have to clear the lawn of these plugs before brushing sand into the holes.
If your garden is often waterlogged, it may be worth investing in some plants that actually thrive in moist conditions, such as Irises, Carex, Primulas, Hostas, Hydrangea macrophylla and Weigela.
To help prevent your lawn from becoming waterlogged in the future, make sure your lawn is aerated every year.