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Lawn Problem Solver - Drought

Drought and Watering

Use the following guidelines when watering your lawn to give you have the best grass while using the least amount of water!

  • Only water if your lawn needs it! There isn't a need to water the majority of the year in most climates. Lawns require the most water during the hot summer months.
  • Water in the early morning hours. Watering around sunrise as soon as you wake up in the morning will reduce water lost to evaporation, and lessens the risk of a fungus problem.
  • Water deeply, but infrequently. It is best practice to water heavily once every few days rather than watering lightly every day. Watering deeply will actually encourage the roots to grow deeper into the soil to access the moisture found there. This will reduce the need for irrigation and also lead to a more resilient lawn.
  • Invest in a simple hose timer. This way you can set the amount of time for the hose to stay on so you don't waste water.
  • Unsure of how much water you are applying? Set an empty food storage container out on your lawn to collect water as you irrigate. You can easily measure to know exactly how much water you are applying!
  • Overseed with improved seed blends that are more resistant to drought, or plant warm season grasses which are intrinsically better suited to drought conditions.
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    Did a Drought Kill my Lawn?
    Most likely not. During extended drought, most grasses enter a drought dormancy, and turn straw yellow. It may look like it is dead but will likely green back up once the rain / water returns. There may be a few areas that don't green up as much as others, but these areas can be easily overseeded in the fall.