What This Summer Taught Us

    

 

This summer was one of the hottest and driest on record. Dry spots and weeds like Bindweed (Morning Glory) were found in many of our yards as a result of the growing season. Living in the second driest state, water is always a concern. So how do we help our lawns stay green?

Watering:

Water for longer periods. Many people think watering every day is the only way to keep a lawn from drying out. But this can keep the roots shallow and increases the need for more water. Cut a few days off of your schedule, but increase the watering times. This helps the roots stay deep and gets the water deeping in the soil, which reduces evaporation. Also, water early in the morning. This keeps the lawn moist as the temperatures increase during the day. This also reduces certain types of fungus that grow in lawns that are watered during the evening.

Don't overwater. Lawns that receive more water than needed can develop many problems. Necrotic Ringspot (NRS) is one such disease that can appear in your lawn if you overwater. And once you get NRS, there is no getting rid of it. You can do things to mask it or slow it down, but the disease will always be in the soil. Additionally, overwatering removes vital nutrients to a healthy lawn, such as iron and nitrogen.

Mowing:

Cut your lawn at a higher setting. During the warmer months, keep the length of the lawn around 3 inches. This is one of the best things a homeowner can do to reduce the water needed for your lawn. Also, this keeps the water from evaporating, keeps the roots deep and crowds out the pesky weeds. Weeds such as Morning Glory prefer dry soil. Lawns are a great environment for this type of weed to grow and will take advantage of any dry spots or short spots in the lawn. Finally, fertilize regularly. A healthy lawn is able to withstand the heat and drought better.

 

 

 


 



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