Written by: Roxanne Darby
How to Train Your Lawn to Withstand the Winter Drought
When rainfall is inadequate, grasses will require supplemental irrigation to remain green. Save money, time and conserve water by following these easy steps to train your lawn to use less water and stay healthier during times of drought.
- Mow your lawn at the highest setting and don’t remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade at each mowing. Mowing high results in deeper roots, which is important in developing drought tolerance.
- Keep your mower blades sharp. Leaves cut by a dull blade will require more water.
- Apply the same amount of water at each application but adjust irrigation frequencies by season and weather conditions. Don’t irrigate until you see signs of wilt.
- Train the grass roots to grow deep by applying infrequent, deeper watering; in most cases ½” to ¾” per application.
- The drought conditioning can be undone by applying too much nitrogen fertilizer. Apply just enough for a small but continuous amount of growth.
- Keep stress down by spot-treating pest problems only as needed. Minimize chemical use during drought stress.
I hope this helps keep your lawn beautiful so you can enjoy it all year long.