How to Save a Drought-stricken Lawn?

Save a Drought-stricken Lawn

Fewer rainfalls and harsh summer seasons can ruin your lawn and cause drought. Your lawn will look stressed and becomes brown if it does not get enough water supply. Are you also stressed about your drought-stricken lawn? Don’t worry, we have some simple and useful ways to help you recover your lawn.

Most kinds of grass can survive easily in long periods of drought. That is why there is a need to inspect whether the lawn is dead/dormant or survived.

Ways to save a drought-stricken lawn

You can do it by checking at the soil level because sometimes the leaves turn brown but the grass at the base remains green and the color of the roots remains healthy off-white. This condition shows that your lawn has survived. If you see that your lawn is completely brown and brittle including tips of the grass, crowns, leaves, and roots this means that your lawn is suffering from drought.

Spiking

Watering your lawn is the first step that you can take to recover the dead and dried soil. There are so many ways to get the water deep inside the roots of the grass, and the most effective method is spiking. You can pin your lawn by using various tools like aerator shoes, aerator sticks, etc.

A layer called thatch is formed between the soil and grass and is made up of dried leaves and debris. This layer does not let the water reach deep inside. To make it reach down there is a need for aeration/spiking. It makes tiny holes in the ground and lets the water and essential nutrients reach down easily. Remember to target the areas that are more affected and dried because sometimes all the areas of your lawn are not dead.

The benefit of spiking the drought-stricken lawn is that water runs deep inside the roots and let the roots know that they have to grow down to search for water. By this, roots will make their place deep down in the soil and become more firm and strong to survive in the hot summer days and remain safe from damage.

Fertilizing

After recovery from any sickness, a human body requires an energy boost for upbringing the lost energy due to illness. So, we use supplements to overcome the problem. Similarly, when a lawn has suffered from the drought, it also requires a quick energy boost in the form of fertilization.

Always choose fertilizers that contain nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Nitrogen helps in better growth of the plants, phosphorus strengthens up the roots deep inside the soil of the lawn, and potassium will help your lawn soil to fight against various diseases of the lawn. Remember, that damaged and stressed grass is very sensitive and likely to have diseases.

Raising the height of mower blades

The longer the grass the more it will be protective to the soil. This means that you need to trim/mow the grass slightly during the hot weather. The long grass will stop the sunlight to reach the soil, keeping it wet, and moisturized. The longer grass and leaves will have longer and stronger roots, and the stronger roots can survive easily in the time of drought. All you need to do is to raise the cutting bar or blade of your lawnmower.

Planning lawn care

Planning your lawn care especially in the autumn to get it prepared for the next season is critically important. In the autumn season, dry leaves and flowers fall on the lawn, and they all need to be properly cleaned otherwise they will form a thick thatch. Thick thatch causes extreme dryness in the soil because it stops the water contents to reach deep down, and its removal is difficult. Therefore, make sure that the fallen leaves/foliage are cleared, and the lawn is well prepared for the next seasons.

Over seeding

Another way to recover your lawn from drought is to oversee the more affected areas. You can get the grass seeds that are suitable for your lawn and can be grown in all seasons easily. Plant the small seeds in the bare and dried areas to make them green again.

The area where you have put the seed should not be too exposed to the sunlight to encourage better growth. Furthermore, do not use any herbicides until the lawn is recovered and established.

Final Verdict

You must avoid unnecessary visits and caution the children from running on the lawn. The foot traffic will compact the soil and make absorption difficult. Different seasons put different types of effects on the lawn surface and plants. The lawn can be damaged on harsh and hot summer days and the roots of the grass become dead. Therefore, the ways mentioned above will surely be helpful for you to save your lawn from a drought strike.  

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