How to Care For your Lawn during a Drought
Even though Florida is a humid environment, we do have periods of drought. When the drought becomes threatening, the local government puts restrictions on the use of water. Watering your lawn might be limited to once a week, during a specific time period of the day. So, how do you keep your lawn looking its best during times of drought?
Here are some tips on how to keep your lawn not only alive, but looking good during a Florida drought.
- Irrigation. Water your lawn early in the morning on the days set for your community. It is ideal if you can water the lawn before the sun rises due to the sun’s heat which causes evaporation on the grass leaves. Watering during the latter part of the day can cause issues such as turf leaf disease. Make sure that your irrigation system, if you have one installed, is spreading the water evenly over the lawn. Also, avoid a lot of runoff by spraying water slowly or timed out.
- Mowing: Be sure to mow your grass on a high setting. Cutting the blades of grass more than 1/3 is highly stressful to your lawn. By keeping your mower on a higher setting, it encourages deeper root growth, which is key in maintaining your lawn’s drought resistance. Also, make sure that your mower’s blades are sharp so that you can make clean cuts to the grass. Grass blades that are cut with a dull mower will need more time and extra water to heal in comparison to grass cut with a sharp mower.
- Fertilization: Reduce the frequency of spreading fertilizer during a drought. It will add stress to the grass during periods of time when there isn’t enough water. Also, most fertilizers have a high salt content, which can burn the grass if there isn’t adequate moisture present.
- Species: Choose a type of turf that is tolerant of droughts. You might find that some species will turn brown during the drought, but come back very green once the drought is over. Whereas other types will not bounce back quickly if an abundance of water isn’t available.
- Pesticides: Use pesticides very sparingly, if at all. Spot spray in areas where you suspect trouble. The chinch bug is one to watch out for during a drought. Treat your lawn accordingly for this pest.
Give your lawn the extra TLC it needs during the times when it is thirsty and waiting for the next rain storm to hit. Stop by Shell Lumber for your lawn care needs and any advice on caring for your turf. We are located at 2733 S.W. 27th Avenue Miami, Florida 33133, visit us online at www.shelllumber.com or give us a call locally at 305-856-6401 or Toll Free 800-621-6391.