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Lawn Care During a Drought or Hot Summer Months

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Lawn Care During a Drought or Hot Summer Months

No precipitation over a long period of time causes droughts, which can have a severe effect on outdoor environments. The good news is that protecting your lawn or garden from a lack of rain is not difficult. These suggestions will ensure that your lawn is prepared to return to its lush and green nature whenever Mother Nature turns on the water again.

Here are some symptoms of drought stress:

Stroll across your lawn and check to see if any footprints are visible in the grass. If so, drought stress is the likely cause. When your lawn is still green but you’re concerned about a recent lack of rain and a dry lawn, this telltale indication can help.

When grass is beginning to become stressed, it frequently begins to seem to show a little bluish-purple/gray rather than bright green. This frequently coexists with the footprints on the lawn symptom.

If you notice isolated patches of brown or yellow grass, your grass is likely drought-stressed if it has begun to turn during a time of year when it should be actively expanding. However, there is a possibility of another issue present (like a fungal disease).

When the soil goes for extended periods without receiving regular irrigation, it can become hydrophobic, which means a waxy, water-repellent surface has formed in the soil and is preventing your lawn from absorbing water.

Tips to Decrease Lawn Damage from a Drought

Raise the Height of the Mower Blades

Never remove more than one-third of the overall height in a single mowing; doing so might even further stress your yard. Mow at the highest height suggested for the type of grass you have. Although it may be tempting to trim grass short when it isn’t looking lush, deep roots are essential for surviving a drought.

Consider Sharpening Your Mower Blades:

When clean cuts are made by sharp blades, your grass will heal more quickly and experience less stress. This is a smart move even when your lawn is at its best because it also looks nicer than ragged grass torn by dull blades. Any mower repair servicer can do it for you if you don’t have the tools to sharpen the blades yourself.

Provide Adequate Water:

Every day, water your lawn in the morning to assist your grass for the day’s sun. You should experiment but err on the side of utilizing a lesser time period of 10-15 minutes for each zone. The amount will depend on whether you are hand watering, using a sprinkler, or an irrigation system. No need to worry if you decide not to water your lawn (or if drought restrictions have been enacted in your area); your grass is supposed to cease growing, turn brown, and go dormant as a natural defense mechanism. However, if it hasn’t rained for a month or longer, you might still want to provide it with a little water (15 to 20 minutes) once or twice every week. It gets just the right amount of moisture from this to protect it from high-stress situations without making it turn green and grow.

Avoid Excessive Foot Traffic:

If you avoid the yard while it is under stress, it will thank you. Also, you’ll prevent doing further harm that might be challenging to repair.

Your lawn might not look action-ready for a little bit, but hang in there. Most grass will rebound in due time so long as you give it what it needs. Contact us today for help on your lawn needs.