In simple terms, a drought is a period of unusually dry weather that persists long enough to cause environmental problems, such as crop damage and water supply shortages.
However lawns can start to suffer from a lack of moisture even after just a few weeks of hot dry weather.
What can I do when my lawn becomes dry?
No matter how much love, care and attention we give to our lawns, we have nothing without moisture. The moment soil moisture levels fall below a certain point, lawns turn brown and go dormant until water arrives. If you are able to water or irrigate, this will ensure that your lawn remains green during dry spells.
If you are unable to water your lawn or would rather not water your lawn and there is no significant rainfall, your lawn will probably turn brown and look unsightly. When the rain finally arrives, the lawn will soon recover and turn green again especially if you have been using our lawn care programme which ensures that your lawn will have developed a good root structure. If your lawn has become very dry for a long period of time it might need renovation of scarifying, aeration and over-seeding during the autumn months
If there is a water shortage or hose pipe ban you should not carry out watering.
When should I water?
When watering your lawn, it is best to try to mimic nature by irrigating thoroughly to simulate natural rainfall. This encourages the lawn to deep root by forcing the roots deeper to search for water. Lightly watered turf can create shallow rooted plants which need water all the time and are, therefore, ill prepared for a drought. Taking the ‘little and often watering approach’ is therefore not recommended. It can also leave your lawn susceptible to turf disease. Our advice is to water heavily to saturation point once or twice per week. Night-time or early in the morning, when there is less wind and hot sun, are the ideal times to water most lawns. If you water during the day, much of the water will be lost to wind and evaporation.
The easiest way to ensure your lawn has received enough water in a watering session is to put a jam jar under the sprinkler and wait until there is an inch of water in the jar. It is easy to underestimate how much water is required to ensure the soil is thoroughly soaked.
How should I apply water?
We recommend the use of brass head impact sprinklers, available for purchase from Lawntech. They are highly adjustable and so suit the majority of garden shapes and sizes.