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.