Here in California, we’re in the third year of one of a historic drought that has left many parts of the state, including Los Angeles and other major cities, looking dry and parched. This summer, businesses and homeowners were forced to adhere to strict water conservation rules in an effort to preserve this precious resource. Unsurprisingly, many lawns in California suffered as a result.
So do we just have to resign ourselves to brown, patchy lawns? Not necessarily. Today we’ll look at a few steps you can take to maintain your lawn in a drought even when you have to limit your regular irrigation cycle.
Raise your mower deck by at least a half inch as soon as you suspect a drought is about to set in. Allowing your grass to grow higher will help the root systems to grow deeper and stronger. This means that they will be better able to extract moisture from the soil and resist the drought.
Dethatch and Aerate
These two techniques work in conjunction with one another to allow water to penetrate the soil in your lawn more thoroughly. They can both be easily accomplished with hand tools, or with gas or electric-powered alternatives. Both processes loosen constricted grasses, making them more receptive to water.
If You Can Water, Water Deeply and Infrequently
Rather than watering a little bit every day, give your lawn a good long soak once a week or so if possible. Deep, infrequent watering is better for the root systems in your lawn, and consequently for the overall health of your grasses. Water in the cool morning hours so that the water is able to penetrate your lawn before it evaporates in the heat of the sun.