Drought is one of the issues that property owners in Tennessee have to face. It can cause extensive damage to our outdoor area because the extreme and scorching heat and dryness can make the grasses, trees and other plants in our lawn to be dehydrated. Our lawn is one of the first things that will suffer the most during a drought. However, drought is a situation that cannot be avoided. All we have to do is to prepare for it and do necessary measures once it has passed.
During a drought, the local government will impose strict regulations encouraging people to save water as there will be extreme water shortage during that time. Because of this, the use of sprinklers and other forms of irrigation system to keep your lawn green may be prohibited. It may not even be an option too. In this article, we will guide you on the necessary measures that any property owners have to do to ensure that their lawn will be in good condition during and even after the drought. Keep the following methods in mind:
Continue To Mow The Lawn
Even during a drought, the grass will continue to grow and will not stop from growing. If they grow very long, start to mow the lawn. Make sure that you do not cut it too short as it will affect the growth of the grass. The blades of your mower should also be sharp so that it would cut the grass precisely. Blades that are not too sharp will not be able to cut through grass well. Instead of cutting, it will just rip some of the grass or pull it off from the soil.
Remove Thatch From The Lawn
Thatch absorbs plenty of moisture. If you haven't, get rid of thatch to allow the ground to breath and so that the plants and trees won't have to compete for water and moisture. This is one of the most important things you need to do when there's a drought.
Aerate The Soil
It can get very hot during drought. The soil can also get dry. This would result to the roots of grass and other plants not getting enough moisture causing it to get dehydrated. Aerate the soil by punching holes in it. Moisture will easily flow to the roots through those holes.
Get Rid Of Weeds
Aside from thatch, one of the things that would compete with plants for water and moisture are weeds. You will have to use an herbicide or a weed killer for it. Make sure that you choose one that is organic or does not contain too much chemicals in it. If you do not know which one to choose, you may ask one of the garden store staff for recommendation. You can also hire a professional who can do the job for you. When you get rid of weeds, your plants will be able to survive the drought considering that they no longer have a competition for moisture and nutrients.
Do Not Walk On The Lawn
Foot traffic can make the soil more compact. When the soil is too compact, water and moisture will be prevented from seeping down through the roots. Make sure that you tell the entire household not to walk on the lawn. You could also place a sign on your lawn to remind them and other people about it.
Watering your plants thoroughly may be difficult to do during a drought as the local government will impose strict rules on water conservation. You might even get into trouble with your neighbors when you do so.
Once the restrictions are lifted, make sure to water your lawn thoroughly. See to it that the lawn is soaked. Doing this will help bring back all the moisture that the plants and grass didn't have during several weeks or months of drought. This will also help roots to grow well.
Aside from what's in your lawn, make sure that you water the grass or plants that are growing on the sloped areas of your yard. The heat of the sun can make that area become dryer than other areas of your lawn. The wind will also make the water to run off easily. To prevent evaporation, water your lawn early in the morning. You can do it before 8 o'clock in the morning so that it is still not too hot or too windy.
Apply Fertilizer To The Soil
After a week or two of watering the lawn, it would regain the moisture it needs to become healthy again. Hire a professional to conduct a soil test so you can determine the condition of the soil and what it really needs. Once the results of the soil test are available, you will be able to choose the correct type of fertilizer to use in it. Make sure that the fertilizer has a combination of potassium, nitrogen and phosphorus.
Continue To Maintain The Lawn
Because there are no longer any water restrictions that are stopping you to take care of your lawn further, continue to maintain the lawn after the drought. If you did not fertilize your lawn during the drought, do it now that it's over. Continue with the regular maintenance that you do. Take care of the brown areas and ugly patches of grass in your lawn. Once you continue maintaining the lawn, it will be back to its old glory.
Those are the methods that you should do during the drought and after it is over. Those methods are important in ensuring that your lawn will become healthy again after the drought has passed. If you need help, you can also hire a professional to help you with maintaining the lawn. Premier Lawn Care offers turf management, landscaping services, and other outdoor property maintenance services that you may need. We have experts who are highly trained in this area. Rest assured that we will help you in any way that we can. Contact us today and discuss your needs with our experts.