How to Fix a Soggy Lawn
A soggy lawn can be a bummer for a homeowner. Watery lawns can cause a mess and bring disease to the grass.However, there are ways to fix a soggy lawn.
- Check with a landscaping professional. Soggy lawns can be caused poor grading (the slope of the lawn). A landscape professional can assess the situation and determine if creating a slope will alleviate the soggy conditions.
- Trim trees, branches or limbs that might be blocking sunlight. Increasing sunlight will promote grass growth and help dry out excessive moisture.
- Try over-seeding soggy area. Grass absorbs moisture from the soil. This is why it is so important that your lawn receives water. However, too much water is a bad thing. This is where over-seeding can help. Increasing the density of the lawn means more water will be soaked up by the grass roots.
- Add some topsoil and lime. The topsoil will help create more density and the lime will soak into the topsoil, balancing the pH level and promoting grass growth.
- Plant small shrubs along the lawn's perimeter. Those shrubs can work as a sponge, absorbing water that would otherwise drain into the lawn area.
- Do some digging. Dig a shallow three-inch to six-inch rectangular ditch on the uphill side of the lawn. Get some small rocks and fill ditch with the rocks to promote drainage.
- If the situation is really soggy, consider having a French drain installed. It's important to remember that a French drain can be a big project, so you may want to consult a professional.