How to deal with a waterlogged lawn

Do you have a waterlogged lawn? The recent deluge of heavy rain is having an adverse affect on many gardens throughout the UK, saturating lawns and turning the grass yellow. So if your garden is suffering from a waterlogged lawn, find out how you can help to ease the problem with tips from Paynes Turf.

Waterlogged lawn

How to identify a waterlogged lawn

A waterlogged lawn will have visible patches of water or soil coloured puddles, and will be very soft and squelchy to walk on. This problem is common in areas of clay soil or in gardens which have heavily compacted soil. It’s easy to spot as the water just sits on the surface or drains away very slowly after rainfall.

What problems can arise?

If you water your plants too much, they will soon wilt and die. The same happens with grass plants – when left sitting in water, no oxygen can reach the roots of the grass plants and so the grass will eventually wilt, turn yellow, and then die. There’s also the risk of disease, as lichens, algae and liverworts will thrive in damp, wet conditions. In addition, moss will flourish and quickly take over the lawn.

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How to help prevent waterlogging

If your lawn is waterlogged, try not to walk on it, as this will compact the soil even further and create bigger problems. Wait for the water to completely drain away before attempting any kind of rescue mission.

Aerate your lawn to give the grass the best chance of surviving the effects of lots of rainfall. Find out how to aerate your lawn here. It’s always best to aerate in the autumn, so if you can put the job off until then you’ll give your lawn a chance to recover from the process before use the following spring. Tip: it may be wise to aerate your lawn every year if it’s waterlogged on a regular basis.

In exceptional cases, it may be worth investing in a drainage system for your lawn, especially if you live in an area where the soil is heavily clay based, or you live in an area that’s close to the water table and experience a waterlogged lawn for a large portion of the year.

Finally, feed your lawn in the spring with a quality spring fertiliser – this will encourage strong root growth and will arm your lawn with nutrient-filled weapons that will help to deal with whatever the weather throws at it during the coming year!