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If rain puddles aren’t draining from your lawn you can manufacture some run off points, especially if your lawn does not have any slopes. Directing the water to more stable parts of your garden e.g. patio or concrete, will give your grass some breathing space.

If you have particularly problematic soils e.g. heavy clay, adding some top soil and sand will help to improve the top layer of soil for where you will be sowing your seed. We also have a great grass mix that contains grass seed that is deep rooting, this will help to improve the soil structure of your heavy clay soils and allow water to flow freely.

If you have gutters or drains that are close or lead to your lawn, it is a good idea to clear these out to ensure there isn’t a build up of water that may then end up leaving your lawn sodden. Get rid of any leaves or debris – not the most pleasant job in the world, but one that will definitely help!

2. Add some top soil and sand

While slopes are useful in this situation, too many lumps and bumps in your lawn will cause water to collect in one area. By starting off your seeding with a level seed bed, created by raking with a spring tined rake, you can help to avoid this happening in the future.

Most soils are free draining, if you find that rain doesn’t drain away easily your lawn may already be suffering from compaction or may not have an adequate draining system underneath.

So if you are finding that this is an issue, there are a few steps that you can take to help prevent it happening in future and a few you can undertake to help improve the situation, if the weather doesn’t!

Well it really depends on how well your soil drains – in most cases, rain will drain away into your soil and do your watering for you and your seed will be largely unharmed. However, if you find your seed is sitting in a puddle – this could risk the rate at which your seed germinates.

Any weeds that grow through mulch are easy to pull because the soil remains loose. Photo by Saxon Holt

(For those of you who already have weeds attacking your yard, read our article on How to Get Rid of Weeds.)

In the process of trying to eliminate weeds, people often make mistakes that lead to more weeds. Here are the most common:

Deprive Weeds of Water

Yes, you can. Synthetic landscape fabrics provide a physical barrier to weeds yet allow air, water and nutrients through to plant roots. Spread the fabric over bare soil around trees and shrubs; overlap several inches of fabric at the seams. Anchor the material with U-shaped metal pins, then conceal it with 1 to 2 in. of mulch, such as stone or bark chips.

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You can also use landscape fabrics to control weeds under decks and in pathways (spread over the excavated soil base before you add gravel or sand). A 3×50-ft. roll of landscape fabric, such as the Typar shown below, costs about $10. The fabric is also available in 36-in. die-cut circles (about $3 each) for installing at the base of trees.

Weeds can’t survive without moisture. In areas with little or no summer rain, drip irrigation or soaker hoses help prevent weed seeds from sprouting by depriving them of water. These systems deliver water to the root zone of plants at the soil level. The soil surface and area surrounding the plants stays relatively dry. In contrast, overhead sprinkler systems spray water over the entire soil surface and supply both garden plants and weeds with water.