Melinda's Garden Moment: Caring for Drought Stressed Lawns
and extremely high temperatures can leave your lawn looking less than spectacular.
you allow your lawn to go dormant during hot dry spells, leave it dormant until
cooler temperatures and rains return so nature can get it growing again. Those lawns taken in and out of dormancy
with irregular watering are the most stressed and less likely to recover.
provide lawns with ¼ inch of water once a month during extended droughts. This keeps the crown of the plant alive
without breaking dormancy.
protect your lawn by minimizing foot and equipment traffic that can injure the
do not apply weedkillers and high nitrogen fast release fertilizers to the lawn
in summer. These chemicals can damage
your lawn during hot weather. Plus, new
weeds are the first to replace those the herbicide killed.
Proper fertilization will increase your lawn's ability to survive the stresses
of heat, drought, and pests. Leave short
clippings on the lawn to return moisture, nutrients, and organic matter to the
soil. Use a low nitrogen slow release fertilizer, like Milorganite, that encourages slow steady growth and won't
burn the lawn during hot dry weather.