Growing a green, healthy lawn during summer months is something most homeowners prioritize. But as drought becomes more common across the United States, lawn care needs to shift as well.
Learning how to care for your lawn during drought and dry seasons is vital to help conserve water and still enjoy your grass. If you’re wondering how to strike this delicate balance, keep reading! We have all your lawn care tips during a drought below.
A dull blade ends up ripping through the grass blade, creating stress and weakness in your grass. And when scare water is already creating stress, you can end up damaging your lawn beyond repair.
It’s also important to mow high. Set your lawnmower to its highest setting and only remove the top third of the grass blade each time you mow. Again, this keeps your grass healthier and encourages deeper roots.
Deeper roots matter during drought, as it helps the grass be more resilient. During drought or other times of stress, this can keep your grass alive!
Instead, you should also leave grass clippings on the lawn instead of bagging them after you mow. This can help trap moisture and nutrients on your lawn, helping it continue to grow.
It’s important to have a watering schedule to help address this. Water early in the morning, before 9 am, to prevent evaporation during the heat of the day. Also make sure you’re only allowing water to fall where needed, and not on sidewalks or hardscape.
You don’t want to overwater to the point of runoff. Not only does this wastewater, but it also can result in weaker grass. Instead, water deeply and infrequently.
Your watering practices can help to create deeply rooted grass that is able to withstand longer dry periods.
If hardscape isn’t for you, make sure you’re planting drought-resistant plants and grasses. These are better able to withstand the stress of heat and less water.
If you’re ready to get the lawn of your dreams and create outdoor living space, reach out to us today! Our team is here to help with everything from lawn care and maintenance, to snow removal and installing patios. We look forward to hearing from you.