Spring is finally here at long last! After a dreary, bitter cold winter - residents of Ottawa are excited for the weather to begin warming and the ground to thaw. Unfortunately, with the good comes the bad. The Big Thaw is almost here and you might find that your lawn is filled with more water than it can handle.
Don’t let your spring lawn maintenance program go to waste. Use proper drainage techniques in order to protect your lawn from the threat of drowning. Nutri-Lawn Ottawa can help you make sure your lawn is safe, properly drained, and healthy before the summer sun bathing. Here’s how to use at-home lawn maintenance practices combined with Nutri-Lawn landscape services to downsize any potential flood!
Don’t let Everest gather
The last thing you want on your lawn is a mountain of snow. As soon as this huge pile melts, you’re going to find yourself with a miniature lake that will never be able to properly absorb into your lawn and soil. Standing water can be very detrimental to your lawn.
The most effective way you can prevent major puddles is by spreading the snow. Shift it over your lawn so that there are no large snow piles. If possible, Nutri-Lawn Ottawa suggests shifting it closer to the perimeter of your lawn where it will drain into street gutters. This may be the last thing you think of doing for your lawn maintenance, but it is one of the most important.
Trench warfare will defend against floods
Trenches aren’t just for battlefields. These classic lawn renovations will help redirect the water to areas that need it most, or can take the influx better. Useful areas to redirect the water are new or reviving gardens and flower beds.
If you don’t trust your trench digging abilities, Nutri-Lawn Ottawa can help you plan and create your trenches. Two common residential trench types found in Ottawa lawn maintenance are French drains and downspout drains.
Harvest the flood
Digging trenches is just one way that you can harvest the rain to use in gardens and flowerbeds. As spring comes in, the rainy weather is just around the corner. Use rain barrels to harvest that rain and use it in your spring lawn maintenance program when it’s needed. Otherwise, you run the risk of heavy rains flooding your lawn and gardens, and ruining your landscaping.
Check your lawn’s levelling
If you want to direct and manipulate the water flow in your lawn, you’ll need to make sure your lawn is levelled properly. The two level types that you want to avoid are perfectly horizontal lawns, and lawns that slope back (even slightly) toward your house.
Re-level your lawn in order to redirect water flow and to avoid standing water. You can speak to a Nutri-Lawn lawn care specialist about including this in your landscape services.
Keep up on maintenance
Similar to a clogged drain, clogged trenches and basins won’t be able to do their job properly. Make sure you include de-clogging in your spring lawn maintenance to get the most out of your drains. Remove debris from your troughs, trenches, basins, and gutters on a regular basis.
Don’t wait until the flooding begins to start on your spring lawn maintenance in Ottawa! Remember that the early bird always gets the worm! Contact Nutri-Lawn Ottawa today to receive your complimentary quote on our highly effective Ottawa lawn care services.