How to win a turf war with Mother Nature
We’ve been pretty lucky so far this season. It seems like we’ve had just about the right amount of rainfall. However, there is a LOT of summer left. Let a week or two or five of no rain come to pass and your lawn will suddenly start to look combustible. As California’s historic drought shows, Mother Nature can be pretty cruel when she wants to be. So, what exactly happens to your lawn during drought?
- Faded appearance. Drought thirsty lawns lack vibrant color and will lie flat after being stepped on. Prolonged drought will result in wilting, crispiness, and brown patches.
- Plant growth is delayed. In the absence of moisture, grass growth slows down.
- New growth is eliminated. Severe, prolonged drought impacts the formation of new buds. That means that not only is your turf damaged this season, but next season as well.
- Death. If drought continues too long, the grass will die. Your lawn will then require replanting and/or reseeding when drought conditions have abated.
What to do when there’s a drought.
You want to do as much as possible to conserve water while also keeping your lawn off life support. Here are some steps you can take during a drought to do just that:
- Mow higher. This will encourage deeper root growth and hardier grass plants.
- Water deeply. Often during a drought, communities establish watering bans or watering schedules. Infrequent watering is fine, so long as you water deeply.
- Water in the a.m. Schedule watering in the morning to reduce evaporation brought on by the hot midday sun.
- Aerate/dethatch. When the time is right, aerate and dethatch your lawn to improve water penetration to the roots.
- Install smart irrigation. Set-it-and-forget-it smart irrigation can be programmed to a specific, time, day, and depth in order to comply with current watering bans while still keeping your lawn alive.
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