While water is the building block of life – especially for a healthy lawn – too much of it can be a bad thing. From flooding certain area of your grass to burning it when there’s too much of it on your yard when the sun is out – it’s inevitable that at some point you’re going to have to deal with some form of water-related issue on your lawn.
Today’s blog is going to discuss this and also help provide you with some tips to help manage it as well as you can. Let’s jump right in!
Fertile ground for weeds
Wherever there’s an excess amount of water, weeds are almost sure to follow. They’re nature’s ultimate hangers-on. Not only is this a big deal for the health of your lawn, but it can look lousy aesthetically, too. Once things begin to dry up a tad, we definitely recommend making a pass with some weed & feed to help get out ahead of weeds before they become an issue. It will also help give your turf the kind of shot in the arm that it needs to roll into the growing season with some momentum. Not only will this help kill off weeds, but it’ll also help your lawn develop thicker, stronger, deeper roots.
Just like weeds, crabgrass tends to peak its head out whenever too much water has been on the scene. Luckily for us, this is a pretty common issue and has an easy solution – crabgrass and weed preventer. Crabgrass can be pulled out of the ground so long as you get the whole root system, but this can be pretty time consuming, so don’t be afraid to go the quasi-chemical route.
It’s important to get on crabgrass early as it can spread quickly thanks largely to it’s ability to sit below mower blades and spread seeds that help to bring it back every year. The work is a little dirty and depending on how you want to skin the cat – a little time consuming – but it needs to be done, especially if you’re in an area with a lot of water.
One common issue people often overlook heading out of the cold system is their lawn’s propensity to contract fungus and rot. If there’s too much detritus on the ground – then too much water and moisture can get trapped and that ends up resulting in an environment that’s ideal for fungal growth and rot. Whenever fungus shows up – it’s vital that you call a professional immediately. Fungus comes in a variety of forms and knowing specifically what you’re dealing with is important to finding a solution. But if you don’t act quickly, fungus can do an unbelievable amount of damage.
In closing, we also like to hearken back to what we always preach here – which is prevention, prevention, prevention. Preparing in advance and being ready for these issues before they become catastrophic is key to not only maintaining a healthy lawn – but also saving yourself a lot of cash! If you’d like a free consultation on how you can stay out ahead of these issues, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help put you on the path towards mapping a way forward. Good luck!