Now with the summer season finally upon us, droughts pose a serious threat to the health of your lawn. Your beautiful, green lawn can become unrecognizable during times of a drought. Know what to do the summer heats up and you can be prepared to deal with the heat, so your lawn doesn’t have to pay the price.
What are the signs?
With your turf grass being about 70-75% water, water is an important part of the health of your lawn. During a drought, your grass loses more water in the leaves than it receives through the roots. This causes drought stress on your lawn. There are many physical signs that you can be aware of to see if your lawn is experiencing stress caused by drought.
Watch the color- A change is color is probably one of the first and most noticeable effects of drought stress. The color of your grass will originally change to a gray or blue-green, but as the drought stress gets worse, it will begin to look yellow and then tan.
Lingering prints on the grass- You can also tell if your lawn is experiencing drought stress by stepping on the grass and if the grass blades stay flat without springing back up, your lawn is experiencing drought stress.
Grass blades- If the grass appears to be wilting, folded, or rolled, this is also a sign that your grass is in trouble this summer.
What can you do to help your lawn?
There are also several things that you can do to help your lawn recover from a drought and gain that green lawn you once had.
Watering- Watering properly can significantly help your lawn in times of a drought. To download your own watering guide, click here.
Mow Taller- By mowing your lawn to be about 3 ½ to 4 inches tall, you protect the soil from drying and help it conserve water.
Spread the clippings- After you mow, spread the clippings around your lawn as an extra source of organic nutrients.
Early lawn care- By getting a head start and taking preventative action, you can be proactive and ensure the health of your lawn.
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