Waterlogged lawns occur when clay-like, dense or compacted soil is subjected to periods of heavy rain. The rainwater sits on the surface of the law
Waterlogged lawns occur when clay-like, dense or compacted soil is subjected to periods of heavy rain. The rainwater sits on the surface of the lawn and fails to drain away through the soil, leaving the lawn underwater. Healthy soil is full of air, which allows grass roots to breathe, but when water saturates the soil, the air in the soil travels to the surface and escapes. This is a problem for grass roots as they need oxygen to live. Although grass is quite hardy and could survive a few days without oxygen, it would eventually begin to turn yellow and die.
Justin Dampney from Eco Sustainable Solutions explained how to fix a waterlogged lawn.
He said: “You might not be surprised but there is no quick fix for a waterlogged lawn.
“It is a bit of a waiting game and then some forward planning and maintenance to try to fix things for the next rainy season.
“Most importantly you should avoid walking on the grass while it’s waterlogged as this will make things worse.”
Justin explained how there are “important” steps gardeners can take to assess the damage of a waterlogged lawn.
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Dig a French drain
If the waterlogging is severe consider having a French drain installed.
Although this will likely involve professionals, heavy machinery and some upheaval to the garden.
Installing a french drain (or any drainage) will help surface water to run away from the problem area.
Justing explained: “You will need shingle for your French drain, and you may choose to have new top soil and turf laid following the addition of a French drain to further improve the results.”