Longer the lawn, less the stress
As the weather conditions become dry during the late spring and summer months your lawn will possibly begin to slow its growth down and become dormant, much like the winter. The best way to limit heat stress to the grass it is prudent to cut less regularly and raise your mowing height. When the damper weather returns you will notice the growth rate speed up and it will be safe enough to return to your normal regularity of cut and height.
During a prolonged dry period, your lawn can begin to suffer from a lack of moisture even after a few weeks. Grass plants, much like most of the natural world, need moisture to survive. The onset of drought conditions is usually visible with the lawn turning brown and becoming dormant. In most cases, the lawn will normally return to its lush green self after sufficient rain has fallen as long as the root structure is strong and hasn’t completely dried out.
If you are willing and able to irrigate your lawn then it is worth doing properly or not at all. A good general rule for watering lawns is to irrigate to saturation point twice a week, this will ensure a large body of water is penetrating down through the soil profile and to the roots.
Taking the ‘little and often’ approach to watering will result in the water applied to evaporate before it has had a chance to get down to the root zone and wasting your time and money. A good guide to ensure you are watering enough is to place a jam jar under the sprinkler spray until it is 2.5-3cm in the jar, you can then move the sprinkler to another part of your lawn and repeat.
If your lawn is damaged from drought then Lawn Control can renovate your lawn in the autumn, rejuvenating the grass with scarification, aeration and overseeding.
Lawn Control – Dry Weather Tips
- The Longer the lawn, the less the stress.
- Cut less regularly and raise your mowing height.
- Watering your lawn to saturation point twice a week in the early morning or evening. To gauge this simply place a jam jar under your sprinkle and when there is approx. 3-4cms move to the next part of your lawn.
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