The weather is getting hotter by the day and in some parts of the country—drought conditions.
With water restrictions becoming more and more “a thing”, what should you do about your lawn? Well, you can forget about having a fairway, that’s for sure. The good news is you can still save your lawn from turning 20 shades of death by following these summer lawn care tips.
Lay off the fertilizer
I know, I know, your lawn doesn’t receive the proper nutrients in the first place to be able to grow lush, green, thick blades of grass. But, understand that when the thermometer reaches upwards of 90-100 degrees Fahrenheit, you need to employ some cost-cutting measures. Lush lawns look great, but heavily fertilized lawns use more water and are more susceptible to drought stress.
Don’t mow your entire lawn
The easiest way to agitate the growth process during a drought is to leave no grass behind. Even if it’s the greenest, most lush piece of real estate in Baltimore County—it will actually make it more difficult to grow back to its lush, green, Augusta National fairway-like state. Never remove more than one-third of the grass at one time. Raise the mowing height of your lawn mower at least one setting higher than the one you are using now. And by leaving your lawn clippings on your fairway will help mulch your lawn in times of drought.
Another way to keep your lawn looking green during drought season is to limit the amount of footprints pressed into your little slice of heaven. This means paperboys, papergirls (we don’t discriminate here) and the occasional bicycle tumbling into your acre of space. If you can avoid having little feet (or big feet) tread upon the lawn, all the better. So, yes become “that guy” by yelling at everyone “Stay off my lawn!”
Watch for thatch
Thatched lawns are typically caused by overwatering or overfertilizing. You already know that fertilizing during drought season is a no-no and now you know that overwatering–you probably already know this since it’s drought season–is also a no-go. And so how does one get rid of thatch? Easy; watch this video in which a landscaper shows you how. Thatching rakes range from $12 to $50 and can be purchased at any home improvement store like Lowe’s or Home Depot, or your nearest hardware store.
Limit your watering
For most lawns, watering twice every 7-10 days is probably enough to keep it healthy. Deep watering once or twice a week is healthier than light, frequent watering. This will cause the roots to grow deeper into the ground searching for more water, which will in turn make your grass stronger and healthier.
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