Your lawn may make up a big part of your yard's landscaping, but it does not need to take a great deal of time, money, and water during the hot and dry conditions in your area. Here are some tips that you can use on your lawn this summer to keep it healthy despite excessive heat and drought conditions
Protect the Moisture Levels
When it is hot and dry outside, there are practices you can take to keep as much moisture within your lawn as possible. This can require you to take action to avoid moisture loss due to outside elements or to the condition of your lawn. Make sure you mow your lawn high when you do trim it, which will keep your lawn longer and provide more shade to the lawn's crowns and roots. Any moisture that your lawn gets, as a result, will more successfully stay within the soil and roots. And don't bag up your lawn clippings, but let them fall back onto the lawn as a mulch. This will help put the moisture from the lawn back into the soil.
You should also take care of any weeds that are growing on your lawn and remove them. Weeds that take root in the soil of your lawn will steal moisture from the soil and also from your lawn, leaving the lawn dry and the weeds green. Take proactive measures to spot treat weeds with a selective herbicide or by pulling or digging them from the soil. Avoid applying any nitrogen fertilizers during drought, as the fertilizer can burn your lawn without sufficient irrigation.
Follow Watering Guidelines
After you care for your lawn with mowing practices and weed removal to put your lawn in its best position for success, always follow local ordinances with any watering restrictions to save water for more essential needs. You can still keep your lawn healthy during excessive heat with good watering practices. Water less frequently but for a longer duration to soak deeper into the soil. This will allow your lawn's roots to grow more deeply and be more drought tolerant. Be sure to water in the early morning hours before the sun is up to conserve water waste from evaporation.
Then, if you do need to drastically cut back on water usage, you can allow your lawn to go dormant during the heat. The lawn will turn brown but the crowns and roots will remain alive as long as you apply one-half inch of water every two weeks. After drought conditions are lifted your lawn will turn green with regular resumed watering.
For more information, contact a local company like Topeka's Affordable Lawn Care LLC.
When I was young, I loved helping my mother in the garden. Our yard was filled with plants and flowers that she kept in immaculate condition. Once I was an adult and bought my first home, I learned that there was much more to landscaping a yard than I ever imagined! After a little trial and error planting a few flowers in my yard that died quickly, I realized the technology that is available to aspiring gardeners makes trial and error a thing of the past. After I found out what my "hardiness zone" was, I realized I was planting flowers made for much cooler climates, and I played around with software that let me design my yard very easily! I learned a lot throughout the experience, so I thought I would share my tips with everyone who needs them. Come back often to check out my new tips!