Many areas across the country see heavy rains, especially in May and October, the wettest months of the year. Rain is important to irrigate plants, but too much can obviously cause serious problems. In addition to washing away any recent seeding, pesticides and herbicides can be transferred to unintended areas and into the water system. Landscaping can also see negative effects as water chips away at soil and can end up standing over plants if adequate drainage isn’t established. With some precautions and responses, however, you can minimize the damage inflicted on your yard by the heavy rains of Spring.
Ensuring proper drainage is the most important step in preventing serious harm from rain. If water pools in your yard is can kill the grass underneath it, become a breeding ground for insects, and even damage the foundation of your home. A number of techniques can alleviate this problem, including sloping your yard away from your home and toward drainage areas. Installing drains and rain gardens can also direct the flow of water, ensuring that it moves along from your yard.
Diverting the water before it even hits your lawn is also an effective method. Rain barrels and containment tanks are a great option for this. The barrel can be placed under your downspout to gather water from your gutters to store for future use. This can drastically reduce the water over your lawn and you can even use it later for irrigation.
Lots of rain, especially in a humid area, can frequently lead to mushrooms popping on across lawns. These aren’t usually an issue, but if they happen to grow in a circle, sometimes called a Fairy Ring, you’ll need to remove them to the roots, as they can compete with the grass for nutrients and end up killing the grass in the center of the circle.
After the water settles, you may need to investigate and fill in any damaged areas of your lawn. Catching potential early on can prevent them from turning into major problems after a few more rainy days.
With some simple preventative measures, you can protect your lawn and keep it looking fresh for the upcoming warm months.