Waterlogged Lawn

If there’s one thing that us Brits know what to deal with, it’s rain, rain and more rain.

Unfortunately for us, we are more than used to our fair share of the wet stuff, so have become accustomed to working and living through it, especially our lawns. This often results in puddles and damp patches, known as waterlogging, that prevent us from taking part in our favourite garden past times, sports or simply enjoying the outdoors.

 

What causes a waterlogged lawn?

Waterlogged lawns occur when water builds up as a result of excessive rain and is unable to drain away or dry up, which can present a number of problems. Firstly, the presence of water itself can inhibit the supply of oxygen to the grassroots, which in turn can impact the health of the lawn. Second, waterlogged lawns can prevent carbon dioxide in the air from diffusing. The functionality of the grassroots is decreased or halted completely as they start to diminish, which allows the invasion of rot and decay organisms to take place. Thirdly, essential nutrients found within the lawn can be leached out which results in hungry, deprived soil as well as serious compaction. The lawn itself can also thin out, creating an environment where thatch and moss will pitch-in to the new gaps and thrive in the damper conditions.

 

Preventing a waterlogged lawn

To prevent your lawn from becoming waterlogged in the event of a severe downpour, there are a number of steps that you can take. The main method of prevention, however, is to regularly aerate your lawn. This allows plenty of drainages and air to reach deep into the soil. The best form of aeration for this type of work is known as ‘hollow tine aeration’ as this creates optimum airflow and drainage to the lower levels of soil. Once the lawn has been aerated, you can then re-seed to allow seeds the opportunity to germinate and create a thicker, more complex root system.

It’s important to observe your lawn during patches of rain in order to identify problem areas. These may occur as a result of uneven patches where the water has nowhere to drain. To counter this, be sure to level out uneven patches and aerate to prevent waterlogging from happening.

 

Dealing with a waterlogged lawn

  • Short-term solutions – If your waterlogged lawn was caused by flooding, the first things you can do to rectify it is to wash down hard surfaces and pick up debris to prevent drains from being blocked, allowing a steady flow of water to remove pollutants. Try to avoid stepping on the soil, as doing so will compact the lawn and make the conditions worse. Remove any damaged shoots from affected grass plants. If the waterlogging has occurred during the spring, you can apply a balanced fertiliser to improve growth.
  • Long-term solutions – If you have serious waterlogged lawns, we suggest you try to improve the soil structure and drainage system. The most popular drainage systems are known as land drains and French drains. Both of these consist of a trench or series of trenches that are dug into the lawn and lined with a porous film. The trench is then filled with graded stone before being topped off with topsoil so that the relaid turf on the surface returns to being level and even with the rest of the lawn.

The difference between the two types of drains is that a land drain also has a pipe which is often perforated, attached along its length to transport excess water away faster and more efficiently. In both cases, the trenches are dug at a shallow angle in order for the water to flow along the trench by gravity to a strategically-placed soakaway. From here, it is guided to disperse harmlessly underground. The purpose of the porous film is to filter out silt from any water that is washed into the trench. If this filtration didn’t exist, both types of drains can easily become clogged with silt and become overwhelmed with the water they aim to funnel away.

 

Are you experiencing a waterlogged lawn? Do you require professional help to even out or aerate your lawn? Be sure to get in touch with the expert lawn care team here at Lawn & Weed Expert today by filling out our lawn survey!

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Over the course of the wintertime, heavy rain and adverse weather can take its toll on your garden, leaving your lawn looking boggy and soggy and leaving you in quite the quagmire of your own.

To help ensure your garden stays in tip-top condition, follow these top tips from the experts and keep your lawn above water this winter.

 

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Preventing a Muddy Lawn in Winter

As the old saying goes, prevention is better than a cure – not to mention, in the case of gardening, far easier to implement!

That being said, in order to prevent a muddy lawn, it’s important to understand what causes a muddy lawn. This is usually down to a small handful of reasons, usually relating to poor drainage.

Muddy lawns are often the result of compaction, a poor root system or uneven lawns. Fortunately, none of these presents your lawn with a death sentence and there are simple solutions to all of these issues.

 

Aerating Your Lawn

Areas of high footfall can suffer from compacted soil due to the high level of traffic walking over it. As a result, the tightly packed soil leaves rainwater with nowhere to drain, leaving the water to rest on the surface where it becomes boggy.

Common in clay soil, compaction can be remedied by regular aeration. This allows air and water to flow deeper into the soil, enhancing the soils water uptake, strengthening roots and reducing water run-off as a result.

 

Level the Playing Field

If waterlogging is occurring as a result of an uneven lawn, you will need to level off your lawn surface to prevent such instances reoccurring. Mildly uneven lawns can be evened out over time using a simple topdressing at a rate of half an inch each attempt.

For larger areas of uneven grass, you may want to try the “sweep under the carpet” method. As the name suggests this simply means cutting out the piece of turf which is uneven and packing underneath to make it level.

If the problem area is larger than one square foot, it’s worth cutting multiple patches of sod to avoid breaking the removed patch. Once removed, fill the gap with enough topsoil to leave the surface level once the sod has been replaced.

 

Treating a Muddy Lawn in Winter

Before taking any action to fix your soggy grass, it’s important to make sure that your lawn isn’t completely waterlogged to begin with.

Use a broom to brush off as much excess surface water as possible by brushing towards the edges of your lawn. If the weather is good, you may want to leave it thereafter to allow additional surface water to evaporate.

Be sure to avoid walking on the lawn during this time as well as this can only worsen the effects of your lawn, causing turf to become damaged even further.

 

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From Bruce Springsteen and Led Zeppelin to Take That and Stereophonics, the subject of flooding has provided inspiration for countless music legends over the years.

Sadly, real-life floods are far less entertaining, especially when they occur quite literally in your own back yard.

To help your luscious lawn stay afloat in the event of a prolonged, heavy downpour, here are a few top tips to keep your garden high and dry.

 

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Garden Flooding Solutions

Garden flooding can put a real dampener on your plans for a picture-perfect property. Help keep your garden from becoming a would-be Waterworld by following these three handy tips on how to prevent garden flooding.

 

Get Some Fresh Air

Compacted soil can be a prime suspect in the case of the flooded lawn. As such, preventing your soil from becoming compacted should be a top priority.

To keep your soil aerated, the best way to do so is to use an aptly-named aerator. Aerating your garden will give the soil room to decompress, either by removing plugs of dirt or piercing the surface with puncture holes.

Meanwhile, adding earthworms to your compacted areas can provide an au naturelle route to garden aeration. Simply introduce the wormy wizards to your garden beds and allow Mother Nature to take its course.

 

Gutter Talk

While your main property is probably already equipped with a guttering system, there’s a good chance that your outbuildings may not.

If you own a supplementary structure within your garden – such as a shed, Wendy house or greenhouse – these outdoor additions can easily become a contributing factor in your garden’s water retention.

Rooftop rain run-off from these temporary buildings can create pooling problems in your garden, providing a funnel flow of water into a single waterlogged space.

Avoid this issue by equipping your outbuildings with an appropriate guttering system. Such kits are available from typical hardware stores for as little as £30.00, so are well worth the investment.

Meanwhile, installing water butts is a great way to utilise the excess rainwater for gardening use in the warmer months, while also serving the purpose of drainage for the aforementioned guttering kits.

 

Vive la France!

For extreme cases of continued, problematic waterlogging, you may need to take a more permanent, drastic approach to saving your garden from a watery grave.

In such instances, a “French drain” system could well be the last resort that lasts resourcefully. And here’s how…

A French drain is essentially a trench filled with gravel, sand or a perforated pipe (and oftentimes a combination).

This provides your garden with an underground drainage system that directs the water away from ground level, channeling the excess water into a designated drainage area.

The French drain also has more aliases than James Bond, also commonly referred to as a weeping tile, a trench drain or a French ditch (among numerous other names).

 

Call in the Pros

If all else fails (or you don’t fancy getting your hands dirty in pursuit of that dream garden drainage), why not call in the experts?

At Lawn & Weed Expert, we specialise in making your garden glorious, whatever the weather throws at you.

Naturally, this claim also extends to flood prevention and we have more than a few tricks up our sleeve to keep your lawn looking lush even in the face of heavy rainfall.

So, what are you waiting for? Keep your lawn from becoming the next Atlantis by calling in Lawn & Weed Expert and enjoy a flood-free lawn today.

 

 

For more information on how to stop garden flooding or to find out more about garden services from Lawn & Weed Expert, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0800 111 4958 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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