Depending on the amount of rainfall and where you live, summer droughts aren’t uncommon. Authorities may either ask residents to voluntarily reduce water use or may even enforce periodic rules/laws banning it to relieve the burden on community water supply. If your rain dance just isn’t working, it’s important to know how a drought can damage your landscape and what you can do to protect it!

Signs & Symptoms of Drought Damage

  • Brown patches on grass that don’t pull easily from the soil and are firmly rooted
  • Patches appear randomly and in rough patterns
  • Footprints remain on grass after being walked on
  • Folded or rolled grass blades

What To Do During The Drought

  • Dethatch – This will help your lawn absorb the little moisture available
  • Aerate – Aerating will help deliver moisture directly to the root system
  • Mow High – By mowing high, you will allow the turf to stay tall enough that i can protect the soil from drying
  • Spread Grass Clippings – Don’t bag your clippings! Spreading them will provide your lawn with extra source of nutrients and will help it retain moisture
  • Eliminate Traffic – High levels of activity on your lawn will add a lot of weight to the soil and cause it to compact, so try to eliminate traffic

What To Do After The Drought

Most lawns should start to recover on their own, however once the restrictions have been lifted we recommend:

  • Water thoroughly – Soak the lawn to restore the soils moisture, water early mornings and listen to the weekly forecast to know if you can skip watering during expected rainfall
  • Fertilize – Proper, timely feeding will help lawn recover and fill any bare spots. This will also help replenish any nutrients that were lost during the drought
  • Eliminate Weeds – Once the grass as started to come back to life, treat individual weeds with an herbicide. This will allow the grass to retain more moisture and nutrients rather than the weeds
  • Continue Routine Maintenance – Resume your weekly routine of water, mowing and practice good lawn care habits. Strong, healthy grass will always do better in adverse weather conditions

 

 

 

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