In many parts of the country, it’s common to experience periods of drought. For people who maintain a garden or lawn, dry conditions can lead to stress related to the survival of their beloved blades. However, there are ways to keep your lawn healthy even without water. Our knowledge and technology are improving by the day.
If the drought is long, your grass will stop growing and may even turn brown. That doesn’t mean it’s completely dead; only the most brutal drought will completely kill off a lawn. Your lawn probably looks worse than it is!
While you can’t prevent drought (no one can control the weather), you can take steps to ensure your lawn stays as healthy as possible and minimize the risk of drought damage. If you need more information, visit MyLawnCare.
The essential thing you can do for your lawn is to make sure it’s kept healthy at all times. That way, if drought strikes, it has a better chance of survival.
If you’re using seeds, the best time to plant your lawn is in the fall – around April. This is because the soil temperature will be warm enough to get the grass growing before winter hits. If you live somewhere particularly hot and at risk of drought, you may want to consider using a specifically resistant type of grass.
If you’re using turf, you can lay it pretty much any time from fall to spring, as it already has roots and will take much less time to get established in the soil. However, drought-resistant turf can be hard to come by.
During a drought, your lawn will need less mowing than usual. Keeping it a little longer will help keep it strong and help the roots reach deeper into the soil for water. When you do mow your lawn, leave the clippings where they are rather than sweeping them away. This helps to slow down the evaporation of water from the surface of the lawn. If you keep your grass short during dry spells, it will be more susceptible to damage and may not recover once the rain returns
While your lawn may need more water in a drought, it’s not likely to get it. Using mains water to hydrate garden grass is unlikely to go down well with your water supplier, as you can use a week’s worth of water in as little as an hour. Watering should be done less often and either early in the morning or late at night, as the cooler temperatures will reduce water loss from the surface.
You also shouldn’t worry about weeds during a drought. Weed killer works best when the grass is growing well, and growth will slow or stop in dry conditions. Your weed killer may even damage your grass, as it will already be delicate. You’re also likely to be besieged by weeds when it does eventually rain, so save your time and effort and wait.
The final way to keep your lawn alive during a drought is to simply stay off it. Stepping and trampling on already stressed grass is a surefire way to damage it beyond repair. Save it for a rainy day! If you’re not interested in doing maintenance for your lawn, you can also order fake grass. You can have it shipped by a moving company like Shalom, and have them take care of the delivery to your home.