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Heavy Rains After an Extended Drought

Flooded backyard

Just like a person should not gorge themselves after a prolonged period of fasting or starvation, as their body’s ability to process food has been compromised, a landscape that has experienced extended drought will have a hard time absorbing heavy rains in a short, concentrated period of time.

But the reality is that, in California, we have cycles of drought followed by periods of heavy rains. Therefore, be on the lookout for any changes in your lawn or landscaping and do the following after heavy rains:

Turn off your automated sprinkler or irrigation system.

Don’t saturate further. Your landscaping will be less soggy, and you will save money.

Don’t prod depressions

Depressions can develop. Don’t prod them risking greater harm to your lawn – and possibly yourself. Call a professional.

Don’t walk on rain-soaked lawns.

This could damage grass from the blades down to the roots.

Avoid mowing your lawn immediately after rain

Just as walking on your lawn after rain can cause damage, you should avoid mowing your lawn immediately after a rain as well. It is better to wait 4 to 5 days to do so.

Clear debris-filled spots.

Heavy rains can carry twigs, leaves, litter and other debris that can accumulate in drainage areas.

Aerate your lawn

Often overlooked, regular aeration is really important for lawn health and root strength. Don’t know how to aerate? Just call us!