Using Lawn Moisture Manager to Maintain Your Landscapes in a Drought
- August 15, 2019
The warm summer months can wreak havoc on any lawn, particularly during drought season. An extended dry, harsh stretch of weather can quickly burn out your grass, leaving it susceptible to pests, diseases, and burnout. While a severe drought can be detrimental to your lawn, there are still ways to protect and care for your exterior property when there’s little or no rain. Our Lawn and Landscape Guide is full of information on what you can do for your lawn and when is the best time to do it.
Perhaps the best way to keep your yard hydrated is to use a quality lawn moisture manager. An effective lawn moisture manager allows property owners to lower watering efforts by as much as 50 percent or more. These products work by leveraging compounds that attract and maintain moisture levels throughout the root systems and soil profiles. When applied by a professional lawn specialist, a lawn moisture manager can fortify your grass and plantings, keeping your landscapes well hydrated during even the driest months.
Beyond a high-performing moisture manager, you can also combat drought stress by:
It’s essential to know the climate of the area in which you live. How much sun does your lawn get? What time of day is it in the sun? How much rain is your lawn likely to get each season? What are your soil conditions?
If you ask these questions before planting, you can plan accordingly and choose the types of grass and plants that work best where you live. For example, if you live in an area where drought is common, you can opt for types of grass that need very little water, such as Ryegrass, Buffalo grass, and Bermuda grass. These grasses have a high heat tolerance and can better withstand long periods without water. The 4-EverGreen Lawn and Landscape Guide will teach you exactly what you need to know about your specific turf type to help with planning out your yearly lawn care.
Another way to keep your lawn healthy during dry times is to add plants that will attract pollinators, such as bees and butterflies. Pollinators improve the overall health of your yard and make it last longer in a drought.
Examples of pollinator plants include Wild Geranium, Lupine, Jacob’s Ladder, Northern Bush Honeysuckle, Purple Prairie Clover, Ozark Coneflower, Black-Eyed Susan, and Aster varieties. You can ask your local nursery about some of the best pollinator plants in your area, or use Native Plant Finder. Plants that are native to your area will do the best, with little care and less water.
When you can water your lawn, do so strategically. Instead of watering frequently, water less often, but give it a good drenching when you do. Also, be sure to watch the weather — if there is any rain in the forecast (even if only a little bit), let it do the work for you. If there’s no rain in the forecast, wait until your lawn starts to show signs of drought to water it so that you don’t waste it. It’s also a good idea to water in the early morning before the sun is fully up, so water doesn’t evaporate.
Don’t let the Tennessee heat stress and damage your lawn. Download our Lawn and Landscape Guide to find out how to ensure your lawn is at it’s healthiest and most beautiful, all year long. Contact 4-EverGreen Lawn Services today at this link, or call us at your local branch to learn more about fighting drought conditions: