How Can I Help My Landscape Handle the Rainy Season?

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 8:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

How Can I Help My Landscape Handle the Rainy Season? | The Experienced Gardener

Hallelujah, it’s finally raining! The end of our four-year-long drought is almost enough to make a person feel religious. After a summer full of watering restrictions and plenty of hand-wringing, we’re finally getting some sweet rainfall. And thanks to a particularly nasty El Nino, we’re expecting buckets of it this winter.

Of course, it’s not all peaches and cream out here. It’s probably been a long time since you’ve dealt with such heavy rains, and you may have forgotten how to handle it. We recommend replacing your windshield wiper blades and double-checking your fence’s sturdiness: rainstorms have a terrible habit of knocking fences over.

But we’re a gardening service, so you didn’t come here for general rain survival tips. You want landscape help. So here’s how to handle your yard during the rainy season:

  • Drainage is Very Important 

If you know anything about homeownership, you should recognize what a problem standing water can be. Standing water on the roof can lead to leaks, while standing water left in your pool all winter can lead to mosquito problems. But what about standing water on the lawn? That’s bad, too. Damp conditions will allow fungi to grow on your lawn, which can destroy the grass. Additionally, any standing water will stunt the growth of your grass. 

  • Keep Off the Lawn

Usually this rule is meant to preserve lovely landscapes, but it’s also critical after heavy rains. Walking on soaking grass can compact the soil underneath, making it more difficult for grass to grow. So just stay off of it.

  • Watch Your Trees For Disease

Remember that fungi we were talking about? Well, your trees are more susceptible to disease during heavy rains because of the presence of that fungi. So keep a close eye on your trees, and watch for signs of disease such as yellowing leaves or dying limbs. If you spot troubling signs, contact a professional gardener immediately – they can help you treat and hopefully save the affected tree.

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