Drought Lawn Care: Bounce Back from Dormancy
While spring might bring a fair bit of rain with it, as the weather gets hotter, your lawn will inevitably get drier. Although your lawn may look dead, it’s actually just gone dormant. This happens in drought conditions. Drought lawn care is still essential even when your lawn is dormant.
Drought Lawn Care: Root Focus
So how do you make sure that your lawn will be able to come back green and beautiful once more? As they say, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. The best way to make sure the blades of your grass are healthy is by taking care of the roots.
Water Deeply for Proper Drought Lawn Care
When implementing drought lawn care, it is important to keep in mind that grass, like many plants, is kind of lazy. It won’t work for its water if it doesn’t have to. That’s why, when you’re watering your lawn, it’s much better to do a good, deep soak. We typically suggest about 1 to 1.5 inches of water two to three times a week, rather than a little bit every day. It forces the roots to reach way down into the soil to access the water, meaning that your grass will have a deeper and stronger root system. This will help support the lawn during a drought and put you one step closer to proper drought lawn care!
Since water will evaporate faster during the heat of the day, don’t water when the sun is hottest. The soil won’t be able to absorb the water before it evaporates. Instead, water first thing in the morning or in the evening.
Crowd Out Weeds: Aerating and Overseeding
Next, make sure to aerate your lawn. By removing ‘plugs’ of soil from your lawn, you’re allowing air to flow and the roots to enmesh more tightly. You can rent aerators from Home Depot. As a result, this practice helps prevent weeds from growing. These weeds will take up space and resources on your lawn. When discussing drought lawn care, the last thing you want to do is share water meant for your grass with unwelcome weeds.
Also, it’s a good idea to overseed your lawn. Spread a layer of high-quality, nutrient-rich soil over your lawn. Use a rake and spread the soil evenly. After that, spread your lawn seed. You can ask our friendly and knowledgeable staff if you’re not sure what lawn seed is your best option. Make sure to water your lawn carefully after you’ve planted the seeds.
Do Not Fertilize During Droughts
As tempting as it might be, don’t fertilize your lawn during a summer drought. While it’s a good thing to do, it’s the wrong time to do it. Fertilizing your lawn is best done in spring and fall.
Follow Proper Mowing Practices
Finally, when you’re mowing your lawn, don’t cut it too short. You should only be cutting about a third of the grass’ height. If you cut it too short, it can damage your lawn’s health. Make sure your mower blades are nice and sharp, so they are doing a clean cut on the grass, not tearing it.
Following these recommendations when it comes to drought lawn care will give your lawn the best chance at surviving a water shortage. Your lawn will be sure to come bag thicker and greener than ever!