The lawn watering tips above unfortunately do not apply during a drought. In extreme heat with extended periods of no precipitation, it is important to remember that your lawn is stressed. In this scenario, it is best to let the grass go dormant.
Several grass types are equipped to survive hot, dry weather, including Zoysia grass, Bermuda grass, St Augustine grass, buffalo grass, Bahia grass and Fescues. Instead of dying like plants, they go dormant, no longer requiring food or water. When the rain and cooler temperatures come again, your yard will awaken to green grass and a healthy lawn.
Remember the following tips during a drought:
- Do not apply herbicides, fertilizers or aerate
- Whether using a push mower or riding mower powered by Briggs & Stratton, mow a high grass height and do not cut off more than one third of the grass blades
- Droughts have more impact on bare or poorly protected soil than soil shaded by tall plants and trees
- When soil becomes warmer, water evaporates faster, leaving the dry grass and soil vulnerable to irreparable damage
- When the grass height is higher, it provides more shade for soil to allow your lawn to grow deeper grass roots
- Leave grass clippings on your lawn to help shade your soil and retain moisture in your lawn after watering once the drought has passed
As a lawn watering expert, you can now combine with Lawn Care Tips and Weed Control, to have the healthiest lawn in the neighborhood! For more tips like to these or to learn more about lawn mowing find a Briggs & Stratton Dealer in your area today!