Going through a drought can be tough on everyone -- including your lawn. If you've ever seen your grass turn dead and brown when it should be thriving during the summer months, you know just how pitiful it can look. Luckily, there are a few tips that you can follow to help your lawn survive this tough time.
Aerate Your Lawn
First of all, you should get on an aerating schedule to prepare your lawn for the summer months. Aerating your lawn is a good idea because it helps break up the soil and makes it easier for your grass to get the moisture and nutrients that it needs. This is always important but is particularly important when there is a shortage of water. The best time to aerate your lawn depends on the type of grass that you have -- in general, cool-season grass should be aerated in the late summer or early fall, so you'll have to plan ahead for next summer. Warm-season grass, however, should be aerated in the late spring to early summer.
Get it Healthy
If your grass is already in bad shape when the drought strikes, it's going to have a tougher time than if it's in good, healthy shape. Use lawn fertilizer to make your grass really grow, and get rid of any pests that might cause damage to it. Along with ensuring that your grass is more drought-ready this summer, these steps will also help your lawn look its best right now.
Cut it for Conditions
Although you might like to keep your grass cut nice and short, it's actually best to leave it a little bit longer during periods of drought. This is because longer grass is better able to protect itself from the scorching sun and the dry conditions. Also, cutting your grass less frequently helps lower the stress that it goes through. This is a good excuse to cut your grass a little less often in the summer, and you should leave your deck a little bit higher so that you aren't cutting it quite as short when you do cut.
Water When Possible
You may not be able to water your lawn as much due to water restrictions, or you might feel guilty about using water for your lawn when there is such a shortage. Luckily, there are a few watering tips that you can follow during periods of drought:
- Keep any used water in your household, such as from the bathtub or when you wash dishes, so that you can water your lawn.
- If you are unable to water your entire lawn, consider watering parts of your lawn that seem to be most stressed out, such as by looking for particularly brown patches.
- Preserve water and allow it to seep better into your extremely dry soil -- rather than simply sitting on top, as can happen -- by providing a light mist of water over a longer period of time rather than using a stronger spray from your sprinkler or water hose.
For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Collins Lawn/Insect Control.