Keeping Your Lawn Healthy During a Drought
The air shifts and vibrates under the hot sun. Your grass that was once thick, green, and flourishing is now brown and lifeless. Utah’s drought has left many home owner’s lawns screaming out for some water. But how can you effectively water your yard to give it the moisture it needs to thrive? We have taken the liberty to educate homeowners during this drought. This is why we compiled a list to explain what is the best course of action to keep your lawn healthy during this spring drought.
Adjust the blade height to cut less length from your grass. Try to keep your grass cut at a height of three or four inches as it will encourage your grass to grow a deeper root system to pull more water from deep within the soil. Another pro to keeping your grass longer will shade the soil acting as an insulator and keeping the soil cool and preventing too much water from evaporating under the hot sun.
Avoid Stepping on It
The lack of water and distress of the hot sunlight creates so much tension on each individual blade of grass. The last thing you should do is, increase the stress on the lawn by stepping on the brittle grass blades.
Even though this goes against stepping on your lawn, you should still consider aerating your lawn during the earlier stages of the drought. This is to allow water to access deeper sections of the soil and also help your grass get the oxygen it needs to stay as healthy as possible.
If you have recently fertilized your lawn and you see that your lawn is turning brown from the excessive heat, do not try to solve the issue by adding more fertilizer. You will just burn your grass. Instead, think about seeding your grass to increase its thickness and in turn, increasing its water retention.
Plan out how you’re going to water your lawn. We recommend watering your lawn from 3 am. through 6 am. This will guarantee your lawn retains as much water as possible and also provide additional cooling. That way the grass can stay colder and saturated longer. Keep in mind your soil type. If you have sandy soil, definitely water during the nighttime, as this soil type does not retain as much water as clay soil. If you have clay soil, still water during the nighttime. However, keep in mind that retaining that much water in clay soil will encourage the growth of mushrooms.