Having a successful, beautiful landscape year-round is hard with drought stricken summers and harsh, cold winters. Here is a short guide to help strategize against drought.
1. It starts with soil – get your soil tested. Make sure you know what’s in it and how to give it the proper nutrients.
2. Water deeply and infrequently. This reduces evaporation and loss even when watering in the evening.
3. Mow turfgrass higher in droughts, if you mow at all.
4. Do not fertilize during a drought. Higher nitrogen levels in soils can cause the turfgrass to produce more top-growth and not stronger roots.
5. If you have no clue as to how to measure the amount of water you are putting down, place cups at various places in your lawn. Run the sprinkler for 30 minutes and then measure each cup. With a little simple math, you can figure out how long you need to run to water about an inch per week.
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And remember, lay the green side up!