'Two second' job to save waterlogged lawns amid Met Office weather warnings

The grass still has more work to do in the areas worst hit by the weather in 2018
There are fast ways to protect your lawn from waterlogging -Credit:Graham Young / BirminghamLive

The Met Office has issued multiple yellow weather warnings for thunderstorms and heavy rain across the UK over the coming days, with parts of England, Wales and Northern Ireland at risk of flooding and lightning strikes. For homeowners who were enjoying bringing their gardens back to life during the warm weather, this forecast could spell trouble for lawns.

Timothy Greene, grass expert from iCANLAWN, said: "After a very wet winter, lawns across the UK have already had their fair share of rainwater. Waterlogged lawns breed diseases that can kill grass, meaning there is not much there when the water eventually disperses."

While changing the weather isn't possible, Mr Greene insists gardeners can prepare their lawns for the wet weather.

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"Check you have the right soil composition. A healthy lawn will have open pockets to allow for the free flow of air, nutrients and water. But lawn use can cause soil to become compacted," he explained.

"Some new gardens use clay foundations which retain moisture more than other soils but need particular grass seed and feed to ensure the lawn can thrive.

"Aerating the lawn often is key during spring and summer months. Aeration is a process of penetrating the soil to airflow. It can be done with a pitchfork or with more elaborate tools.

"It takes two seconds to do but you will need to do it across the lawn to ensure water to drain effectively."

Mr Greene also suggests maintaining a thick lawn to prevent the formation of puddles. He advised: "Overseeding will prevent flooding as it will get rid of bald patches on your lawn. When done regularly, overseeding can improve root structure and density over time, improving how grass absorbs rainwater.