Despite a long winter and several April blizzards, spring is right around the corner–even in Winnipeg. And when all that snow melts and the grass in your front yard starts to show again, you’ll be ready to get out the patio furniture, light up the barbecue, and let the kids run around barefoot. Until…squish. You step onto the front lawn and discover it’s mushy and saturated with water.
This is called a waterlogged lawn–essentially, a lawn that isn’t draining properly. Poor drainage can result in grass dying off, water pooling, and, of course, that gross, squishy feeling under your toes. Hopefully, this won’t be the case on your property this spring, but if you do find yourself with a waterlogged lawn, the good news is that there are some simple, productive steps you can take to reduce the “ick” factor and get your green grass back. Cleanr Property Maintenance can help.
Why Is My Lawn Waterlogged?
There are a few culprits that can contribute to waterlogging. Some are natural, and others may be caused by poor lawn maintenance combined with human activity:
- Compaction – One of the biggest factors contributing to waterlogging is compacted soil. Healthy soil is filled with air pockets that allow oxygen to reach plant roots (including grass) and water to drain. High use areas, like paths or play places, may become compacted, eliminating the air pockets.
- Clay-Like Soil – In Winnipeg, many yards have high clay content in their soil. Clay doesn’t drain well and can contribute to waterlogging on your property.
- Low-Lying Areas – If your yard is uneven, water will pool in low-lying areas.
- Not Enough Roots – The root systems of plants like grasses create healthy networks that promote better drainage and make for more resilient lawns. If you have bare patches on your lawn, you’re at higher risk for waterlogging.
Tips for Your Waterlogged Lawn
If you’ve got a waterlogged lawn, stop walking on it right away. Compacting the soil even more will only kill the grass further, create a mud pit, and result in a worse situation. Let the water drain (you can brush it away with a broom or scoop it out of low-lying areas if it’s really stubborn), and then deal with the issue once your soil is damp but not soggy.
When the majority of the water has drained away, the first course of action is usually to aerate the lawn. You can do this with a garden fork or call Cleanr Property Maintenance for prompt and professional aeration service. Well-aerated soil will result in better drainage.
Along with aeration, you may also consider dealing with a waterlogged lawn by filling in low-lying areas, adding nutrient-rich soil to your lawn (which promotes better plant growth and enhances drainage), seeding your grass more heavily (possibly even with a more water tolerant variety of grass), and maybe even creating a drainage system in your yard–in more extreme cases.
Get in Touch with Cleanr Property Maintenance
Cleanr Property Maintenance is a local landscape company that specializes in taking care of Winnipeg lawns. If you’re seeking Winnipeg lawn care for waterlogging or any other issues, call us today for a consultation.