Wow, it’s finally been raining! We got quite a bit of rain this year, as compared to the last few. Many people are absolutely loving this weather, since not only does it give you an excuse to stay in and warm up in some blankets, but it also makes it much easier to make your garden beautiful.
Of course, not everything is perfect. It’s probably been quite a long time since you’ve had to deal with such heavy rains, and you might have even 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.
On top of those general tips, we’re here to offer you some gardening help when it comes to dealing with all this water. So here’s how to handle your yard during the rainy season.
Drainage is Essential
If you know anything about owning your own home, you should understand 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 not a good thing either, actually. Damp conditions will allow fungi to grow on your lawn, which can destroy the grass. In addition to that, 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 very important after heavy rains. Walking on soaking wet grass can push down or compact the soil underneath, making it more difficult for grass to grow. So just stay off of it. This means also keeping your kids toys, bikes, or any furniture off the lawn until it dries to avoid adding pressure.
Watch Your Trees For Disease
Remember that fungi we were telling you about? Well, your trees are more vulnerable to disease during heavy rains because of the presence of that fungi. So keep a close watch on your trees, and keep an eye out for signs of disease such as yellowing leaves or dying limbs. If you spot troubling signs, contact a professional gardener immediately – we can help you treat and hopefully save the sick tree.
If your garden doesn’t look very good after all this rain, and you think it might need some heavy rehabilitating, call The Experienced Gardener. We can take a look at what you’re dealing with, and then sit down with you and formulate a plan. We’ll go over what needs to be pulled, what should be replanted, and what needs more nutrients or water.