Easing the Pain of May’s Record Rain

Jun. 9th, 2020 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

2020 has been … unique, to say the least. 

And just when we thought last May was excessively rainy, May 2020 decided to surprise us with another record for monthly rainfall! While moisture is a necessity for plant growth, too much of a good thing can become a bad thing. 

Many people experienced flooding, even if they have not had this problem before. With saturated soils and nowhere for the water to go, this rainfall submerged lawns and landscapes. That phenomenon caused a multitude of issues, including: 

  1. Excessive rainfall can submerge plantings, which results in losses due to the plants essentially “drowning.”
  2. Soil erosion occurs due to runoff when soils are already saturated.
  3. Nutrients can be leached from the soil and any pre-emergent herbicides, due to dilution, will lose effectiveness much more rapidly.
  4. Disease presence will become much more noticeable as we enter the period of hot, dry weather.

So, what can you do? Be sure you have proper drainage solutions in place, as well as guidance from an expert who can manage your stormwater to keep your lawn and landscape thriving.

For over 40 years, we have provided solutions for customers facing these types of headaches. Need help in this area? Our professional team is ready to transform your property, too.

This installment of "Ask the Plant Expert" will be published in the June 10, 2020 edition of the Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest, the Forest Park Review and the Riverside-Brookfield Landmark.