Hurricane season extends from July through November, and after witnessing the devastation caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma we all understand just how serious that can be. Fortunately, most of us here in Georgia will not have to deal with effects like those that were felt in Florida and the Gulf Coast, but inclement weather and serious flooding are still serious issues with which many people have to contend. The lawn care specialists at Turf Shield know that heavy rains, particularly when they persist over an extended period, can place stresses on your grass and plants. In some cases, they may even reduce a beautiful lawn into little more than a muddy pond, which can severely damage root systems and leave your plants more vulnerable to attack by fungal organisms in the soil. Although there is nothing that we can do about the weather, there are several things that you can do, both in the short-term and the long-term, to help keep your yard from flooding.
If you know that there is a good deal of rain coming in the near future, taking a bit of time to prepare can make all the difference:
- Clear Drains and Gutters: When gutters are clogged they can overflow, spilling large amounts of water into areas that may not be equipped to deal with it. Clearing out this excess debris, and taking the time to collect fallen leaves so they cannot be swept into drain covers where they could cause blockage, will help keep water from collecting in your yard.
- Ensure Soil is Well Aerated: When soil is compacted, it can be difficult for water to soak in. Instead, the water sits and collects on the surface and eventually floods the garden. Aerating your lawn not only helps oxygen reach the grass roots which is essential for healthy grass growth, but it also provides a way for the water to sink into the deeper levels of the soil.
- Add Organic Mulch or Leaf Mould: Placing an additional layer of mulch onto your lawn and flowerbeds will increase the absorbency of the soil, allowing it to capture and hold more water so that less collects on the surface. Typically, bark or leaf mould (a compost of fallen leaves and grass clippings) is sufficient, but in areas that are prone to flooding it may even be a good idea to mix a good top soil with a little sand.
The best way to avoid flooding problems in your yard is to plan your landscaping strategically so as to eliminate, or at least reduce, the possibility.
- Minimize Concrete and Hard Surfaces: These surfaces effectively remove ground that can absorb water and replace it with areas where water runs off and collects nearby. By using smaller bricks or slabs to create a patio sitting area, you can maximize drainage.
- Level-Off Yard Depressions: Slopes and hills create areas where water will collect. Leveling the entire yard with extra top soil prevents water from pooling in a single area and even helps encourage more even and consistent overall growth.
- Create Designated Run-Off Areas: If it is impractical to level-off depressions completely, you may be able to create specially designated run-off areas. This allows you to channel pooling water to areas that are less problematic, like perhaps a rain garden where water-loving plants and shrubs can thrive even while excess water slowly percolates back into the soil.
Unexpected and extreme weather conditions can make taking care of a yard difficult, but having a team of experienced professionals on your side can make all the difference. If you have questions about your lawn, or about any of the customized lawn care treatment packages that we provide, please contact Turf Shield to get more information, or follow Turf Shield on Twitter or Facebook to get all the latest lawn care tips.