Every monsoon season, homeowners fear floods, mudslides, and other deteriorating conditions near their homes. With unpredictable weather that can vary from humidity and dust to heavy rain and high winds, it is reasonable to be concerned about how your property will fare. While we enjoy the beautiful sunsets and exceptionally cooler temperatures that the monsoon season can provide, we also understand that we must be proactive in preventing issues around our homes.
First, let’s look at what a monsoon season is for those unaware.
Monsoon season refers to what is typically a seasonal shift in the direction of the wind. This atmospheric change can impact precipitation, temperatures, and especially the health of the impacted area.
In today’s discussion, we want to focus on three of the most common landscaping mistakes that property owners fall victim to during monsoon season. Grab your umbrella, put on your boots, let’s get prepared for the coming storms!
Prepare For Monsoon Season By Avoiding Common Landscaping Mistakes
With monsoon season around the corner and time of the essence, it is important to ensure that your property is adequately prepared. While we might enjoy the cooler temperatures and pretty views at sunset, our yards can quickly begin to degrade if we are not aware of some common monsoon-related landscaping mistakes. To prepare your yard for the coming monsoon season, consider a few of the following common landscaping mistakes as well as how you can avoid them.
- Overwatering Lawn & Garden – While monsoons can lead to rising temperatures, many homeowners tend to over-accommodate the temperature change by watering their lawn and garden too frequently. Watering too often will lead to rot within your garden as fungus begins to grow. As monsoons typically bring humidity, overwatering could exacerbate many fungus and rot-related issues. To stay attuned to what your plants need regarding water, consider sticking a wooden stake into the soil near your garden. This stake will register how deep water is penetrating your soil.
- Applying Expensive Herbicides – During monsoon season, water comes fast and it comes heavy. When you apply herbicides to your plant to control potential issues, you run the risk of completely wasting your money while also polluting the surrounding area. Why is that the case? Torrential rain can quickly slush off herbicides before sending it into your soil, through drain pipes, and into riverbeds and city parks. Herbicides are harsh pollutants, so avoid them if possible during monsoon season.
- Wasting Excess Rainwater – If you run sprinklers or other irrigation systems in your yard to provide for your plants, you can probably turn them off during monsoon season. As long as half an inch of rain hits your neighborhood, your plants, trees, and lawn should be good to go. To maximize your rainwater utilization, consider digging a sunken garden into the areas near your trees to slow the spread of rainwater.
Monsoon season can be an exciting time to watch the weather. To limit potential exposure to lawn-related issues, consider creating a monsoon preparedness plan for your yard and garden by using a few of the aforementioned tips.