How To Grow A Lawn In Dry Conditions

lawn careLawns are more likely to be criticized for their water consumption especially areas with arid climates with limited water resources or in places experiencing drought. But the fact is that the majority of lawns are overwatered and don’t need almost as much moisture as many homeowners provide them. Listed below are some lawn care tips to help train your lawn to thrive in arid conditions and to make it through droughts with minimal water use.

Water Correctly

In this situation, watering properly is equivalent to watering less. The first and one of the most crucial steps is to wean the lawn from its water addiction and help it become more water efficient. The general practice of water a lawn every morning is not ideal because it trains a lawn to require this much water every day. For example, turfgrasses that gets this type of mundane shallow watering have a tendency to grow shallow roots that would die if their dose of water every day is denied. When they are watered daily, most of it just evaporates away, which is a total waste of precious moisture. By restricting the amount of water provided, you are gradually training your lawn to encourage its deeper root systems to use whatever moisture is available in the soil. Even the other grass species that love water can survive and thrive with less water than what they are being given during normal days.

If you do water during dry climates or drought, be sure to do it whenever evaporation is lessened. Water in the morning before the sun comes up, which evaporates the moisture well before it can seep into the soil. It is also not recommended to water during windy days, since evaporation is also hastened. One watering weekly, carried out under perfect conditions, is much more effective compared to shallow watering every day.

Adapt To Summer heat

In the spring and fall, your lawn will be the center of family activity. However, the summer’s heat will need a different approach, both how you use and care for your lawn. Now, is the perfect time to lessen foot traffic on the lawn and to cut down on your maintenance practices. Aerating as well as dethatching must be performed in cooler seasons and not during summer. Mowing grass to a much taller height is going to shade the soil as well as keep the roots cool.

Minimize Stress During Drought

Aside from training a lawn to thrive with less water, there are management methods that you can use to benefit the lawn during periods of drought. One of the biggest things you can do is to stay off the lawn. Although summer is the best time to minimize foot traffic, you can eliminate it altogether during drought conditions. Avoid any type of major lawn care maintenance in periods of drought, and bring your pets on long walks or the dog park instead of allowing them to play on your lawn. Mowing will also less required as dry, hot weather will set in and slow down grass growth. However, it is ideal to totally stop mowing during drought conditions unless it is extremely required.

You can let grasses to go dormant during drought. Be sure to water sufficiently to keep the grassroots alive unless local watering prohibitions have been set in place. You can leave turf grasses dormant for up to four weeks without having to worry about permanent damage. In case a drought will continue for more than four weeks, you should water deeply enough to slightly rehydrate the grass and wet the soil to about five inches deep. Although this can’t cause your grasses to green up, it will help keep the grassroots alive.

Plant Grasses That Are Drought Tolerant

In both warm and cool season regions, there exist grass varieties that require minimal watering. A lawn could be resodded or replanted anytime with a grass mix with minimal moisture requirements, it can slowly be converted by top seeding every year with seeds of a much better grass species. Over time, drought hardy grasses species thrive well while others slowly die.

Mow Correctly

Generally speaking, most lawns are mowed extremely short, however, it is crucial to mow to a longer height in areas facing drought conditions or arid climates. The grass blades store the majority of the plant’s moisture, and the longer the grass means more moisture is going to be applied to the plants roots. Sandy soil will drain quickly, which makes it difficult to get the moisture you needed. If you already have a lawn in place, you should improve and maintain the amount of organic materials that help retain organic material by mowing using a mulching mower or by top dressing the lawn annual with other organic material such as compost.

Downsize The Lawn

Water is a precious commodity that is often forgotten by many people. The best way to minimize the square footage of the lawn space for living grass. Adding patios, decks, courtyards, as well as other surfaces won’t just lessen the amount of water required to support grass but will also cut down your lawn care Myrtle Beach tasks.

Several areas in the country have already gone through major droughts as well as water shortages which has led to restrictions, bans, as well as a cultural shift towards conserving water. Where water is limited and having a large yard is already impractical, it is more sensible to downsize. When a lawn is still wanted for pets or kids or even for aesthetic purposes, there is no need to get rid of it totally. Just be sure that the area is not just smaller but also easier to manage.

Go For Alternative Groundcovers

Grasses that are drought resistant will need more water than other ground cover species. In areas where low moisture conditions are inevitable and permanent, you should consider ditching grasses altogether and transforming lawn space to another kind of living groundcover.

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