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How to Get Rid of Muddy Grass

January 5, 2018

It’s easy to plan a dream lawn. It’s not easy to maintain one. You simply can’t depend on the weather to cooperate with your plans. For instance, rain can turn a perfect green yard into a soggy mess. Unfortunately, it’s hard to get rid of the muddy grass. Installing drainage pipes is time-consuming and costly. Aerating helps get rid of muddy grass, but it’s also one more lawn care task to add to your list of chores. You can get rid of muddy grass for good by switching to a new surface material. We at Watersavers Turf will be happy to explain why artificial grass may be your best option.

The Benefits of a Mud-Free Lawn

Artificial turf ensures a mud-free lawn. It has a very porous backing that allows water to drain quickly into the soil below. Since water is less likely to pool up, fake turf also limits the risk of pets or kids being exposed to bacteria like Leptospirosis. Unlike natural grass, pets can’t dig up artificial turf. That means they won’t track mud all over the lawn and back into the house. With a mud-free lawn, you can let your little friends play out in the yard without having to worry about cleaning their paws off before they head back inside. You can even hose down your artificial turf when it does get dirty. That’s the kind of simple cleaning method that only works with a mud-free lawn.

How to Fix a Muddy Yard

Making the switch to synthetic turf is one of the simplest ways to keep your lawn from getting muddy. That said, you still need to choose a style, order it, and install it. This may take a little while. So, in the meantime, you may want to know how to fix a muddy yard. There are several ways to do it. The following methods are some of the more common ways to fix a muddy yard. Some are simple; others involve a little more money and effort. Try the easier ones first to see if they work for your lawn. Fixing a muddy yard isn’t a “one size fits all” task. The slope of your property, quality of your soil, and climate of your region all play a role in determining which method will be most useful for your needs.

The first step to keeping your lawn mud-free involves making sure that water is directed away from it. Check your gutters and downspouts to ensure they’re not clogged. Clogged gutters can force water to overflow onto your lawn and home. You should also make sure your downspouts are directing water away from your grass. They should deposit water into a ditch, French drain, or similar outlet. Keep these outlets clear of debris to ensure water flows through them freely.

Sadly, basic steps like these don’t always work. That’s often due to a thatch layer preventing water from draining into your soil.

Thatch is a brownish layer of grass stems, roots, and other vegetation that can develop beneath your green blades of grass. This layer blocks soil from absorbing water as quickly as it should. That’s why you should dethatch your lawn at least once a year.

If your grass is less than one inch in height, you can usually dethatch your lawn by simply raking up this brown layer. If that doesn’t work, rent a dethatcher (aka vertical mower) from a landscape care supplier. Be sure to ask if they also rent lawn aerators.

Lawn aeration is the process of making small holes in the soil. These holes allow air and water to flow through it.

Installing a French drain is another way to direct water away from your lawn. This is a smart idea if runoff from your gutters isn’t draining away from your grass as quickly as it should.

A French drain consists of a trench filled with gravel or a similar material. A pipe in the trench sends water towards an outlet. It’s usually installed alongside the foundation of a structure.

If these methods don’t work, you may need to make major changes to your landscape design to keep your lawn free of mud. Changing the slope of the soil, so it goes away from your home at a rate of 1 percent or more may work. Adding a pond with vegetation that absorbs water fast can also help. You might also have to remove some vegetation or compacted soil that’s keeping water from draining away.

Since none of these methods guarantee success, you’re better off switching to artificial turf. At Watersavers Turf, we’ll be happy to explain more of the benefits of using our products. Visit one of our SF Bay Area locations to learn more.

Not going to be in the area anytime soon? No problem. Call us toll-free at 844-974-8873 to learn more. You can also chat with us online. Also, ask us about our free samples. They make it easy to choose the best turf for your goals.



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