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Mid-South Lawns Are Oversaturated With Rain

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) - It seems as if it's been raining for weeks, instead of just a few days. But, what has all this water done to our lawns and gardens?

"You can see standing pools of water everywhere in the Mid-South. The soil is saturated. So much rain in such short a period, the Mid-South is waterlogged. But, all this rain has made our valley green.

Obviously, the rain is good for some things. But, is it good for all growing things?

Michael Elliott owns Elliott Lawn Care Service. Unfortunately, all this rain is keeping his crews from working. If they cut grass while it’s wet, it leaves tread marks and clumps of grass behind.

"I think most people are very patient with us and know the weather is obviously a factor," Elliott said. "So, we try to work with them as best we can and try to make it happen.”

While planting small plants in flowers is an option right now the director of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens says not to plough or plant large trees.

"We try to hold off on digging as well," said Dale Skaggs. "Our clay soil needs a certain amount of pour space in it and if you dig when it’s wet and muddy, it’s like making mud pies when you were a kid. You lose all that pour space and it’s not good for the plants. You can seriously damage the soil if you try to roto-till it or plant and compact it."

Everything is being backed up. So, when the rain does stop, don't expect the lawn and garden people to catch up quickly.

"We have a hard time scheduling right now just because the sod farms are under water and we can’t do any work that we scheduled to do," Elliott said. "But, you know right now pulling weeds and planting stuff, this is the perfect time to be doing that."

Like it or not, Mother Nature is in charge. And until she gives the nod in the form of no more rain the lawn and plant world is on hold.

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