With the heat of summer upon us, water restrictions are being implemented all over the country. Thankfully, this doesn’t mean you have to let your lawn die off. There are a number of ways you can still keep your lawn fresh and healthy, even when water restrictions are in place.
How much you can water your lawn will depend on the severity of the drought. The good news is that most water restrictions still allow enough watering time to keep your lawn healthy. Even a few hours of handheld watering each week can be enough for your grass to survive.
Chances are, most of us are over-watering our lawns throughout the year. Do some research about the type of grass you have growing in your yard, and water accordingly. Some lawns need a little more water than others. A Wintergreen Couch Grass will require maintenance around 2-3 times per week, whereas a Sapphire Buffalo Grass can be watered much less frequently.
During water restrictions, leaving the sprinkler running is usually no longer an option. We need to become much more tactical about when and how we water our lawn.
It’s best to water first thing in the morning, between around 6am-8am, in low wind. Watering early means less water will be lost due to evaporation.
With high restrictions, it’s best to take a good look at your lawn and prioritise watering in patches that are wilting or losing colour. Concentrate on these spots during the restrictions, then follow up with generous watering and fertilising when the restrictions are lifted.
Another key trick to keeping your lawn healthy is to mow the grass higher than you usually would. During water restrictions or drier months, it can be cut to around 50-75mm. This allows the blades to shade the soil so there’s less evaporation and the soil stays moist for longer.
The best way to keep your lawn healthy during water restrictions is to be prepared and take extra care of your lawn when you know you’re heading into a drier season.
Ensure to not over water your lawn in spring, as this will leave it more vulnerable to the higher temperatures in summer. By letting the soil dry slightly, a deeper and sturdier root system will develop. Aerating the soil in early spring will also help the root system along.
There are a number of products on the market that are designed to improve the water-holding capacity of the soil. Applying these during periods of drought can significantly improve the health of your lawn.
For more tips on how to best keep your lawn healthy, reach out to us at Rivers Edge Turf and one of our team members will be happy to help you out. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 02 4579 9009.