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Coping With A Wet Lawn

by Alex Russel, All About Lawns Columnist

Some summers are wetter than others and at the end of a particularly rainy summer, you may be somewhat frustrated with the appearance of your lawn. Here on some tips and thoughts on dealing with lawn grass that got too much rain this season.
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Stay Off the Lawn!

Wet lawns are extremely sensitive to foot traffic. Too much trampling will damage roots and seriously affect re-growing causing dirt spots or brown spots.

Fungus Diseases

If your lawn has yellow and brown patches, and you cannot find any insect pests, then you should consider the possibility of a fungus disease, especially if rains have been frequent.

Closely examine the grass blades to see if they appear to be rotting off where they're attached to the stem. If so, the presence of a fungus disease is a good possibility. Possible lawn fungicides to use include those having the active ingredients chlorothalonil, propiconazole, triadimefon, myclobutanil, or thiophanate-methyl. Carefully follow the label directions for use on residential lawns.

Low Sunlight

A rainy summer means sunlight was lacking, too. In fact, inadequate sunlight is the most common stress to lawn grass and most of us have shaded spots where the lawn only grows marginally well much of the year.

Unfortunately, there's no solution to this problem. Either consider switching to a lawn type that requires less sunlight or find a way to make that part of the garden grass-less.

One alternative is to let that section of the garden accumulate natural leaf mulch from the trees as the groundcover. This can sometimes look quite tasteful.

Don't Mow

If your lawn is very wet, be sure not to mow it. You will trample the roots and you risk spreading fungus all across the lawn grass surface.


About the Author
Alex Russel is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn, NY. Since graduating from Syracuse University he has worked at many different media companies in fields as diverse as film, TV, advertising, and journalism. He holds a dual bachelor's degree in English and History.

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