When Things Heat Up, Keep Grasses Cool

Lawn care can be serious business that involves a fair amount of work and a little knowledge to handle the subtle factors that can make or break a lawn. These facts become even more obvious when the weather conditions in your region are less than ideal for maintaining healthy grass. Anyone who wants to keep their lawn in a green and glowing condition must put in a little work. This effort will prepare their lawn for when the weather turns against them. The individual concerned with lawn care will also benefit from familiarizing themselves with the following pointers that apply specifically to droughts. The harsh and hot conditions that typically come with a lack of rain are increasing throughout the globe. Because of this, the average individual needs to know a little bit about how to care for their grass during a drought.

A Place to Put Down Roots

Lawn care begins with soil management. This concept is the most important part of caring for your lawn during a drought or any other time of year. The healthier the soil, the easier it is for grass to establish a thriving root system. When soil is kept in good condition throughout the year, the grass can establish deeper root systems, giving it a greater ability to survive during droughts. They can live off of the moisture that exists deeper in the earth. The primary elements that negatively impact your soil include the presence of thatch, compacted dirt, and poor pH levels. In order to fight these forces, practice aeration, composting, liming, de-thatching, and topdressing.

We All Get Thirsty

The other critical factor in lawn care, particularly during seasons of drought, is keeping an eye on water levels in the soil. Contrary to popular belief, proper water management can actually seriously reduce the amount of water that is needed during dry times to maintain the health of a lawn. The average sprinkler system wastes a huge amount of water when in use. It is wise to use automated watering systems that are installed to only provide moisture to the grass and soil on a regular schedule. Avoid watering sidewalks, mulch, and forgetting to turn off the sprinkler by upgrading your watering system. Professional irrigation companies can do assessments of old systems and assist in installing proper irrigation that mimics the tendencies of nature under normal conditions.

Planning Ahead

Many people in arid regions anticipate long periods of time without rain by planting grasses that are known for being resistant to such conditions. These species that can tolerate such harsh conditions include a large number of Fescues, Buffalo grasses, and the majority of Bluegrasses. Although this species can take the heat, they are still subject to the characteristics of healthy soil that include a proper pH balance and aeration.


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