Garden expert shares simple tip to help drain 'rain-ravaged' lawns

Waterlogged grass
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Scotland is no stranger to wet weather and this past weekend certainly proves it.

After a sunny Saturday for many parts of the country, torrential rain and thunder swept in across the rest of the Bank Holiday weekend.

As such, many gardens across the country are likely damper than usual. While walking out into a waterlogged garden can be overwhelming, it doesn't have to be if you know a few handy tips.

One area that can become particularly waterlogged is the grass, as the dense dirt can make it tough to drain. By aerating your soil, you can allow for more space for excess wet to escape and it's easy to do - all you need is a garden fork.

The advice comes courtesy of experts at MyBuilder.com, who say that so much rain has caused many gardens to have a lack of light and warmth this spring. If lawns are left to become waterlogged, this can lead to damage in the long run.

spiking lawn with fork to improve drainage
The wholes pierced with a garden fork can improve a lawn's drainage -Credit:Getty Images

James Lewis, expert gardener from MyBuilder.com explained: “The ground may seem dry now, but actually it’s still significantly wetter than usual, especially in shady areas. This causes issues with lawns and many plants, so they need specific care or you risk causing even more damage.

"Too much water can lead to a lack of absorption, and effectively is as bad as no water at all. Roots can rot and plants need space to breathe. The prolonged period of damp in the ground may also have caused damage to fence posts and sheds, so it’s vital to check the condition of these so they can be treated before they are beyond repair.”

Aerating your grass is a great step for keeping it healthy and can be done simply with a garden fork. To do this, make some small holes across your lawn to help water drain away into your soil to prevent pooling.

This will also help in warmer weather, when we need rainwater to penetrate the soil to grow healthy blades of grass. Mr Lewis stressed that If the ground seems wet, it’s vital not to cut your lawn too short.

"Doing so can pull up grass, damage blades, and expose it to disease - as well as damaging your lawn mower," he said. "Once the weather is drier, consider fertilising and treating lawns, as previous treatments may not have worked due to so much rainwater."

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