Help! My Lawn is Waterlogged

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rain water collection solutions for a waterlogged lawn

Residents around San Antonio enjoy many soil types, but unfortunately a lot of our beautiful lawns have various clays that makes water runoff a problem. If your lawn gets waterlogged, part (only part) of the reason could be the clay just beneath your topsoil. Unless you are willing to hire landscapers to remove several feet of earth and put in more absorbent loam, you must work with what you have. Fortunately, you can conquer a waterlogged lawn, by considering rain water collection and some other easy techniques. 

Rain Water Collection

Beneath your downspouts or rain chains, consider rain water collection with either a reservoir (a cast concrete piece in the ground) or an above-ground rain barrel. Collect the rain water that otherwise gets out onto your lawn. Part of the difficulty with a waterlogged lawn is the rate at which your lawn can shed rain water. Give it more time with less water.

Soggy Now?

Future plans are great, but if your lawn is waterlogged right now, rain water collection changes to rain removal. Gently brush (no rakes!) water off the lawn. Keep children and pets off, because they will crush the grass and compact the soil, making absorption even less likely.

Treat the Lawn

Compaction occurs when the lawn is so packed down that water and oxygen cannot even enter between soil particles. Pathways and play areas frequently suffer compaction. A few simple strategies:

  • Shift family activity to another part of the lawn, giving the old area time to recover
  • Use a garden fork to punch deep holes in your lawn, helping to aerate and lift the soil
  • Apply fertilizer in the spring to encourage winter recovery and help grass form wide root systems
  • Feed your lawn in autumn with phosphorus-rich fertilizer for deep roots
  • Remove moss and dead patches before winter, so grass has no competition in spring

Divert Drainage

Besides rain water collection using rain barrels, consider extending your gutter system so a flexible drain pipe moves water across your lawn toward a culvert or curbside drain. You can also engage a professional gutter contractor to assess your home’s gutters. You may have undersized gutters for your roof surface area. The overflow constantly saturates your lawn, which is already getting its fair share of rainfall.

For additional methods for rain water collection, improving drainage and solving your San Antonio home’s waterlogged lawn, contact Quality Gutter Systems today.

Rain Water Collection Options