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Growing Grass in a Drought

Lawn & Yard Care

Summer’s here—and so is that higher possibility of a drought. Have you ever noticed that even when faced with the same weather conditions and watering restrictions, some neighbors’ lawns fare better than others? It’s not by chance. To be that homeowner with the surviving (and thriving) lawn, try these grass-saving strategies.

But First…Is Your Grass Worth Saving?

The short answer: Yes. A healthy lawn brings with it many benefits, including a higher home value and a healthy play area for your family. Even more important, grass has a vital impact on the ecosystem, including topsoil preservation, reduction in CO2 levels, noise and heat reduction and a decrease in water runoff and soil erosion, which protects groundwater. So protect that grass!

Droughts aren’t always easy to predict, so make sure you have well-established, healthy grass from the start. Keep your lawn healthy with periodic fertilizing, watering with the proper sprinkler, and regular mowing, thatching and aerating.

Once you see signs of a drought-affected lawn, such as an impression in your grass after walking on it, or grass changing color to a blue- or grey-green tint or faded to a tan or wheat color, you should switch up your approach.

While the best thing to do for your lawn during a drought is water on a regular basis, doing so isn’t always an option (both environmentally and legally). Be sure to check your local laws and ordinances to understand water restrictions before watering during a drought. If your community has been restricted from watering in the past, consider purchasing a rain barrel that can be filled before the drought hits.

Although it won’t provide enough pressure for a sprinkler, it’ll allow you to connect your hose, such as a Flexogen, to its spigot for spot-watering any struggling areas. Setting your connected Thumb Control Watering Nozzle to its “shower” pattern will provide the light spray those thirsty patches crave.

Besides watering, there are other ways to boost your grass’s health in a drought:

The good news is, despite their delicate structure and appearance, most types of grass are resilient and able to survive extended periods of drought, even when they look visibly brown. Once the drought is over and water restrictions are lifted, expedite the recovery process by soaking the lawn to restore the soil’s moisture and initiate new root growth.

Set your water timer to have your sprinkler run a couple times a week in the early morning, before the sun gets high in the sky and starts evaporating moisture. To further conserve water, try an Adjustable Length Wind-resistant Rectangular Sprinkler. It’ll waste less water by resisting wind drift and limiting evaporation.

Although a drought will leave your lawn more thirsty than usual, there are ways to help ensure its survival, even with little (or no) watering. With a good, nutrient-rich foundation and infrequent, deep watering, you’ll have a strong lawn, armed for dry spells.


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