When the temperature is at its highest, a hosepipe ban may be put into circulation in your area, making it not possible to water lawns and grassed areas. There are a few things you can do to protect your lawn in dry conditions:
1. Keep off the grass as much as you can as grass tends to grow very slowly in dry conditions. Walking on your lawn in such conditions can cause erosion, soil compaction and ultimately damages the grass.
2. Cutting your lawn too short can be harmful, therefore you should never scalp the lawn in dry conditions. Try to heighten the mower blades by an inch to prevent causing damage to your lawn.
3. When you do cut your lawn, leave a light sprinkling of grass clippings to act as a mulch and keep moisture in. When it does eventually rain, make sure you rake off any clippings to allow the moisture to penetrate down to the roots.
If you really need to water your lawn, then consider recycling bath water or kitchen sink water (once it has cooled down) to help push moisture back into your lawn. Although the occasional amount of soapy water will not harm your lawn, try to steer away from using strong detergents or chemicals.
Drought Resistance of Lawns:
Although we are already facing a drought, it would be beneficial to learn a few tips and tricks to prevent your lawn from suffering in future droughts and hosepipe bans.
You need to ensure that you create a deep and vigorous root system so that your lawn can absorb as much moisture from the ground as possible. You can do this by:
- Removing any thatch from the lawn in the Autumn by scarifying
- Spiking the lawn in the autumn to prevent compaction and top dress after spiking with a sand and compost mixture
- Feeding the lawn with a phosphate based fertiliser at least once a year to encourage good root growth.
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