Watering and Drought

WATERING:

Proper watering procedures help maintain lawn color, resilience and proper root development.  A lawn should be watered regularly before it has a chance t owilt and turn brown.  To ensure proper watering procedures, follow these simple instructions:

 

  • Be aware of early signs of wilt.  Two common signs of wilt are grass leaves that have a bluish green cast casued by folded grass leaves and footprints that stay in the lawn instead of bouncing back up.

 

  • Apply enough water to wet the soil to a depth of approximately six to eight inches.  A soil probe may be used to check moisture depth in soil.  Maintaining a soil moisture depth of six to eight inches usually requries a rate of one to two inches of water per week.  You can place opened cans in the sprinkler pattern to determine the amount of water being applied.

 

  • Water may be applied any time of day, but morning watering is usually most efficient.  This is due to the higher humidity negligible wind and wetness caused by dew, which usually accompanies this time of day.  Night watering is not recommended, as it encouragese disease and insect development.

 

DROUGHT

Before taking corrective steps following a drought, a lawn care professional should make a diagnosis of the type and extent of the damage.  Drought conditions weaken your lawn’s root system, which results in the grass turning brown.  Insect damage and lawn diseases, which attack the surviving roots, often compound the problem.

After a summer drought, it’s essential that you provide a proer combination of nitrogen, phosphorous, potash, iron and micronutrients to help develop a strong root system over the winter.  This will help your lawn get off to a good start next spring with less threat of weeds, insects and diseases.  If the entire lawn has been seriously thinned, Power Seeding may be necessary to restore your lawn to its optimum condition.

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