Understanding Drought Conditions & How it Can Affect Your Lawn

Understanding Drought Conditions & How it Can Affect Your Lawn

Many homeowners tend to be unaware of how their lawn watering techniques could be causing more harm than good. How can watering your lawn be that complicated? What we thought to be common knowledge about something as simple as watering your grass is actually a little more detailed and requires one to pay more attention. In this blog, we will outline practices, techniques and things to consider when it comes to watering your lawn.

“When the grass turns brown because of the lack of rain and goes dormant, it will come back next year.” That is hardly the case in a situation where we haven’t received much rain. Allowing your grass to go dormant earlier than it should could cause present or future turf issues such as dead or bare patches, fungus or disease.  It can take more than 2 weeks until the turf can produce new blades of grass or reach overall recovery if you wait for it to turn completely brown and then water. To maintain a healthy, lush and actively growing green turf, it is a must to water your lawn during dry periods.

 

“I frequently water my lawn so there should be nothing to worry about.” A common mistake is over watering your lawn and not knowing it. Watering on a more than frequent basis can cause an increased risk of turf disease due to the constant moisture and can also replace the oxygen in the soil causing the grass to die. Other side effects of overwatering are more annual weeds in the lawn and shallow root systems of the grass itself.

Listed below are common tips that can help you grow thick, lush and golf course green grass:

1.       When to Water: The best times to water your lawn are in the early morning and late afternoon. Watering in the dead heat of the afternoon when the water evaporates quickly is definitely not recommended. Watering too late in the evening will cause too much moisture that can encourage diseases to develop.

2.       Drought conditions: In order to keep the crown alive, the grass will need at least a half inch of water a week generally speaking.

3.       How Much Watering Under Normal Conditions: 1’’-1.5’’ of water per week are needed for cool season grasses such as Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial Ryegrass and the Fine Fescues. If temperatures are 85 degrees and over, it may require an extra ½’’ to a 1’’of water to keep the grass from going in to a dormant state.

 

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