A few months ago, North Central Florida was dried up by a drought that just wouldn’t leave—and now we’ve got more rain than we know what to do with.
Welcome to summer in Florida!
This weather can be tricky for anyone with a turf lawn. Without proper regular maintenance, grass can become overwatered or attract common summer problems like fungus and pests.
To help keep your grass happy, healthy, and green throughout the rainy season, we’ve pulled together key rainy season lawn care tips. With these tips, you can spend cozy rainy days inside with your feet up instead of stressing about your yard.
4 Rainy Season Lawn Care Tips
1. Don’t Cut Grass Too Short
Many people instinctively cut grass as short as they can, thinking it will provide a cleaner, more professional look.
However, tall grass not only looks more lush and welcoming, it also supports the overall health of your lawn.
That’s because tall grass promotes deeper roots, which in turn prevent erosion in the soil. Erosion prevention is crucial during the rainy season, when significant runoff can create bare spots or trenches in your yard.
Strong root systems also help stave off disease, pests, and heat stress, all of which are risks to your yard during the late summer.
For St. Augustine grass—the typical turf grass in this region—we recommend keeping blades cut to roughly 3.5 to 5 inches tall. For most residential lawn mowers, this will be the highest setting.
2. Make Sure You Have a Working Irrigation Rain Sensor
Alachua County requires all automatic irrigation systems to have a rain shut-off device (also known as a rain sensor), which monitors rainfall to ensure you’re not watering your property needlessly.
From an environmental standpoint, rain shut-off devices help conserve water for our local ecosystem. But they also prevent you from overwatering your lawn—which can stress the grass, weaken the root system, and invite bugs.
Not to mention the money you’ll save on your water bill.
Along with your rain sensor, you’ll need to make sure your sprinkler or irrigation system is compliant with local regulations regarding how often you can water your lawn.
A professional irrigation check can ensure that your system is running at the optimal pressure and spraying evenly so no spots get overwatered. Sun Power Lawn Care’s irrigation team can also install rain sensors for you if you need one—contact us to learn more.
3. Look Out for Water-Happy Weeds
There are a number of weeds that love wet, boggy grass. If they start popping up, you’ll know that your lawn is overwatered.
These weeds include clovers, dollarweed, and sedges. Get familiar with these weeds and keep an eye out for them in your grass:
4. Mow Regularly to Avoid Thatch
One of the most frustrating lawn issues that can arise during the rainy season is called “thatch.”
Thatch is a layer of plant and grass material that gets pressed down over the soil. It can occur when grass is allowed to get too tall between cuts, so that long, thick blades are left on the ground after mowing.
These heavy clippings can block sunlight and smother the grass below. Meanwhile, thatch creates a hotspot for fungus and pests. All of this can ultimately kill off your lawn and leave you with the headache—and significant expense—of replacing it.
Good mowing practices like regular cutting will help you protect your landscape’s value.
The problem is that between work, long weekends, and summer activities, it can be tough to keep up with your grass’ rapid growth during this season. Scheduling a regular lawn maintenance service means you never have to worry about it—you can enjoy your summer and rest easy that your yard will stay healthy and thatch-free.