Keep your lawn pristine in soggy conditions

Here are some tips to help keep your lawn looking great regardless of how wet the ground is.

Posted: May 17, 2019 5:32 PM

New Hartford, N.Y.--It's been a rainy month of May. We've already seen more rain this may than we typically do in the whole month. Now as temperatures rise people want to get out and cut the grass but with such soggy and muddy conditions it can be easy to ruin your lawn.

"I would recommend that people cut their grass a little higher. If you just incrementally raise your mower deck a half inch or an inch. You'll be cutting less grass and you'll make it much better than trying to cut what you normally cut at the height you normally cut it at,” said Bob DeSantis, owner of Royal Landscape at J-K Lumber in New Hartford. “Basically you really have you be careful. You typically know what part of your lawn is soggier than others. Be really careful with heavier equipment. Maybe where you normally mow with a tractor you may have to mow with a 21 inch hand mower or a smaller piece of equipment."

Even if you are cautious sometimes the lawn is too soggy and the lawn becomes scalped.

"If you have the situation where you scalp the lawn because of the mower sinking in, you might have to just scratch it or scarify that area, add a little soil, and put some new seed in, but a lot of times the grass will come back."

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