Thursday, July 26, 2012

Lawn Maintenance Tips During Drought Conditions

This summer's drought conditions have left many lawns brown, unhealthy, and unappealing.

Listed below are a few tips on lawn maintenance in drought conditions that you may find useful.
  • Use little fertilizer, heavily fertilized lawns demand more water and respond poorly to drought conditions. 
  • Raise your mower pan at least one setting.  Avoid cutting a length more than one third of the total height of the grass.  This will help your grass grow deeper roots. 
  • Leave the clippings on the lawn.  This keeps the nutrients on your lawn and helps minimize evaporation. 
  • Sharpen your mower blades.   Dull blades tear grass instead of cutting it, causing the grass to use more water to try to recover from the stress. 
  • If possible, water between 4 a.m. and 9 a.m. This prevents water from being wasted due to evaporation. 
  •  To help provide for a healthy lawn next summer, consider aeration this fall or next spring.  These holes help water settle into the ground, and promote healthy roots. 
  • If laying grass seed for either a new lawn, or for patch growth is in your future, consider researching drought tolerant grasses.