Everyone knows how much of a toll a rainy summer can take on your lawn, and this year is proving to be particularly brutal. Just the thought of street gutters backing up all over the front yard that had been tediously taken care of all summer is enough to send most homeowners into a nervous frenzy. But fear not! If a rainy season storm happens to get the best of your home landscaping, we’ve got some advice to help you through this swampy situation.
Step 1: Stay Calm and Wait It Out
Trudging through a flooded lawn will only make it worse. Make sure that you can walk on the grass without creating squishy footprints before attempting any further steps. In most cases, water will recede at a normal rate, and tearing up flooded topsoil will only prolong the healing process. The grass plants know what they’re doing, so patience will be key.
Step 2: Collect Debris
In many cases, moving water may carry branches, silt, and other debris onto your lawn. In less extreme cases, simply collecting the unwanted objects so they won’t damage equipment will do. If silt damage is more serious, tilling the nutrients into the damaged soil will be necessary to begin the growth process from scratch.
Step 3: Oxygenate the Soil
Aeration products and services should be used on the lawn to oxygenate compacted soil nutrients, allowing for deeper seepage of standing water. Deeper plant roots will also benefit from increased water, helping the damaged plants to grow at a faster and more normalized rate.
Step 4: Replace Topsoil (If Necessary)
If excessive rain or flooding has stripped the upper soil layer in affected areas, plant roots could be damaged or deprived of necessary nutrients. Compost, organic material or nutrient rich soil should be used to repair the top layer to normal levels.
Step 5: Reseed
If rain and flooding has completely wreaked havoc on your lawn, the biggest step to repair is reseeding. Depending on the climate in your area, appropriate grass seed types should be selected to prevent further soil erosion. If weed seeds have been carried into the lawn by moving water and soil is very damaged, they should be allowed to grow to increase ground cover and help prevent further erosion.
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