Summer in the Southeast means a lot of rain. When your lawn is waterlogged, it might not be looking its best. But there are a few things you can do to make sure your grass stays healthy and looks fresh, even when heavy rain threatens it for a few days. Take a look through this short checklist to make sure you’re doing all you can for your yard.

Avoid walking on grass.

Walking on or working on wet grass can damage it, and you risk compaction and ruts. “If a lawn has been waterlogged for several days, wait until water levels have completely subsided and you can walk on it without leaving wet footprints,” STIHL’s website says.

Don’t mow.

Refrain from repairing anything until your lawn is dry. If you plan to mow once it’s dry, remember to set the cutting height to the highest possible setting.

Avoid ruts like these!  Credit: lawnprotires.com

Avoid ruts like these!
Credit: lawnprotires.com

Aerate your lawn.

The San Francisco Gate says, “It is especially beneficial to aerate previously flooded areas if they have silt deposited on them. Use a hand aerator or a core aerator to remove 1/2 to 3/4-inch cores of soil.”

Consider water-diverting efforts.

If you get a lot of rain, you might want to consider installing a rain barrel to harvest that water and use it for other purposes (like watering your lawn!). Check out FAQ about rain barrels here.

Credit: watershedcouncil.org

Credit: watershedcouncil.org

Improve drainage.

Get plants that like wet soil, install roof or French drains, or create a rain garden. What’s a rain garden? The Sensible Gardener says, “On the surface of it, it is simply a flower bed filled with water loving bushes and flowers. But it can also be described as a special feature of a landscaping specifically designed to collect runoff water and to dispose of it through natural means.” Learn more about this water-diverting option here.

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