How to Repair a Waterlogged Lawn

Effects of Waterlogging

Although in the Winter turf can withstand wetter conditions than in the Summer, water sitting on the surface of a lawn will have damaging effects no matter the time of year. Compaction stifles air and water flow to the roots leaving the turf yellow and patchy. Damp conditions also encourage the unwanted growth of algae, lichens and moss on your lawn turf.

Aerate Your Waterlogged Lawn

Three Steps to Repair Your Garden Turf

  1. Let your lawn drain – Avoid walking or treating your turf in any way until most of the water has finally drained away. if draining only takes a short amount of time of a couple of days, your turf is repairable, otherwise it will be most likely need replacing or reseeding.

  2. Aerate the roots – Aeration can be done either using a manual hollow tine aerator which makes small holes over your garden or a powered hollow tine aerator which will leave plugs of soil on the surface which should be removed. Holes can then be filled with topdressing soil or sand to improve future drainage.

  3. Feed your lawn – As the temperature starts to warm up, you can now begin to feed the lawn with fertiliser. This process will indicate any areas which might need replacing or reseeding.

Future Flood Prevention

If you live in an area which is susceptible to heavy rainfall, it is a very good idea to aerate your lawn and use a high quality topsoil to minimise flooding. It is also recommended that you level off any areas which frequently have drainage problems to prevent water from collecting in a single area.

Here at Ivinghoe Turf, we have been growing and supplying high quality garden turf to our customers across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. We are able to deliver turf straight to your door using our very own transport and trusted couriers for locations further afield. For more information or advice on your needs contact us today.

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