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What Wet Weather Can Do to Your Salisbury, NC Lawn

Damp Conditions & Your Yard

Fall weather conditions are always a bit unpredictable. Some years we see nothing but warm weather and sunshine, some bring about an early frost, and others are marked by heavy rains that leave our lawns completely waterlogged. If Mother Nature decides to provide the Salisbury, NC area with the latter this autumn, you will need to be prepared for possible disease and damage on your lawn. Weed Man Salisbury, NC has put together a list of the top five wet weather challenges and how to handle them. Read on below!

  1. Turf disease. Although it may seem like the majority of lawn diseases appear in the warm, humid weather of summer, several fungal diseases favor cool, wet conditions. Yellow patch, in particular, can affect turf in the late fall season, causing yellow, brown, or reddish-brown patches to form on your lawn. Each patch can measure anywhere from 5 inches to several feet in diameter. The good news? Damage from this unsightly disease is usually only superficial and will likely improve with better weather. The bad news? Major thinning of the grass can occur with prolonged periods of wetness. While there isn’t much you can do about the rain, you can help your lawn protect itself from disease by using a slow-release fertilizer in the fall.
  2. Foot traffic damage. Wet lawns are more susceptible to damage. Because the grass blades, roots, and soil all become saturated with water after a storm, they are unable to maintain their structure when weighed down. To help keep the grass plants in good shape, avoid walking on your lawn until it is completely dry. If you leave behind a footprint when you step on the lawn, your turf is not ready for foot traffic.
  3. Mower damage. Because fall rains can prompt a late-season growth spurt, many homeowners are quick to bring out their mowers and tend to any overgrowth. Mowing too soon after heavy rains can cause ruts and tearing of sections of the turf, resulting in severe, costly damage. Again, wait until the lawn is dry before doing any cutting.
  4. Pooling water. After a good storm, water tends to pool in unlevel areas on the lawn. Sitting water can leave the affected areas particularly vulnerable and lead to issues like bare or balding patches. Take a good look at your lawn after the next rainfall and assess any areas that may need leveling or repair. It is best to take care of any issues as soon as you can come springtime, as problems will only continue to get worse if they are not tended to quickly.
  5. Compaction. An overly wet lawn can do a number on your soil. Saturation weighs down soil and other organic matter, impeding air flow and resulting in compaction. Aeration will alleviate a compacted soil and improve the movement of oxygen, nutrients, and moisture to the lawn’s root zone.
Although wet fall conditions can be detrimental to the health of your lawn, a quick response on your part (with the help of Weed Man Salisbury, NC, of course!) can ensure that turf problems are managed before they get out of hand.
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