It’s the season of the “April showers mantra” and, in Florida, that means it’s time to prepare for the rainy weather ahead! During this time of year, homeowners often get headaches at the thought of not being able to keep up with lawn care as grass and weeds grow wild. But it doesn’t have to be a wash out! You can make the best of the rainy season for your lawn by following these five tips.
1. Mow More Often but at the Right Time
It’s no secret that the more it rains, the faster your lawn will grow. During the rainy season, you’ll have to mow more often to keep up with the lively, watered grass. However, don’t let your mowing get out of control. You can stay on top of your lawn care by checking the weather and planning ahead. Mow right before rain or a couple days after rain, if it seems like it might be dry for a bit.
2. Don’t Stress over Weeds
Just as you tackle or attempt to kill off a family of weeds, a new storm comes in to germinate and raise up a fresh batch of them. Accept that those suckers are here to stay for a temporary time and, for the season, put your focus elsewhere in your lawn. Once the rainy season is over, you’ll be prepared to clear away and keep away all the leftover weeds.
3. Be Environmentally-Friendly with Fertilizer
Applying fertilizer can be tricky when it comes to the rainy season. While many people will want to fertilize before a heavy rainfall to ensure the fertilizer is watered into the ground well, this method is actually bad for the environment. Fertilizing before heavy rain causes fertilizer to run off into water systems where it will pollute local rivers, lakes, springs, and bays. The best practice for fertilization is to time fertilization between light rainfalls.
4. Learn Drainage Areas
The rain will open up opportunity to reveal any particularly waterlogged or vulnerable areas of the lawn where heavy rain collects. Make a note of those areas and consider preventative action that you could take in the future. You can improve your lawn with projects to either even out the ground levels or improve drainage.
5. Save on Your Water Bill
Frequent light watering can actually weaken your lawn by encouraging shallow roots that are less tolerant of dry periods. With the frequent rains, it’s easier (and cheaper!) to let nature take over and do its thing while you save on your bill. Grass needs at least 1 inch of water per week. Use a gauge and check the weather to determine how much of a break you can take from watering the lawn yourself.
Don’t stress about the impact the rainy season will have on your lawn – make it work for you! These five tips are sure to help you get through each year’s rainy weather with less headaches and more enjoyment!