Helps Your Garden Survive Drought And Water Restrictions | Maintaining Turf and Gardens

Helps Your Garden Survive Drought And Water Restrictions | Maintaining Turf and Gardens

By Todd Layt

Lawn Maintenance

“KNOWING” all the Lawn Maintenance tips and tricks in the world won’t help your lawn survive drought, so be sure to implement what you learn. Aerating the lawn can alleviate compaction problems. A compact lawn will suffer badly in drought and summer.

Do you have a spring time lawn ritual? Mine is applying a wetting agent to all my lawns. Dry patch is far too common in lawn areas, so remember the pre-summer wetting agent application.

Fertilising is also important. A healthy lawn will survive and recover from drought stress way better than a sick one. Its root system and rhizomes become stronger and denser. However, too much nitrogen in summer is not a good idea, so avoid fertilising your lawn in summer.

Recent research shows that Autumn is the best time to fertilise your lawn. It provides a much healthier lawn than just doing a Spring fertilising alone. The best result was an application of slow release fertiliser in Autumn, and a quick release or slow release in early spring.

Mowing your lawn higher was shown to have a major impact on the quality of a lawn in the hot summer months. In a lawn mowing study, the lawns that were mown at the lower height browned much more than the lawns that were mown taller.

In past studies, turf roots have been shown to develop deeper, if your lawn length on top is higher. Never mow more than 1/3 off in times of drought. Blunt mower blades are well known to increase the symptoms of lawn drought stress.

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