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Tips to keep real grass healthy in water scares environments

By Denise Valenzuela

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Tips to keep real grass healthy in water scares environments

All lawns benefit from receiving about an inch of water each week. How you deliver that water is an important step in creating a healthy lawn that can tough out the tough times.  Without consistent water grass will surly deteriorate and eventually thin out and die.  Over water can also cause issues and can harm the health of you grass lawn.

In the absence of rain, irrigate your lawn only once or twice a week so that a total of one inch is applied during this period. How do you know when you’ve applied an inch? Set out tuna cans in various places on the lawn where the irrigation water lands. Once the can is full, that area has received an inch of water.

This method of irrigation delivers sufficient water to soak deeply into the soil. This encourages deeper root growth which is essential to a lawn surviving periods of drought. When water is applied more frequently and in smaller amounts, deep soaking is not possible and roots stay near the surface where they are at the greatest risk of drying out.

Proper Nutrition

Lawns are heavy feeders and they have moderately high fertility demands. A lawn fortified with nutrient rich soil during times of active growth, creates an essential foundation and energy reserves to ride out and recover more quickly from demanding conditions.

However, it is not advisable to feed your lawn outside of its active growing season and especially during periods of drought. Lawns slow or stop growing when subjected to extreme conditions as nature’s best defensive survival mechanism. Fertilizing at this time can exacerbate the problem.

It’s best to conduct a soil test prior to the active season of growth and apply supplemental fertilization based on the information contained in the analysis. Not only will the report tell you what nutrients to add, it will tell you when to apply them.

Established lawns that start out healthy are the first to recover. A good nutrient rich foundation, infrequent but deep watering, taller grass and recycling of the clippings will provide the best opportunity for survival and rapid recovery if drought and heat affect your lawn this summer.

When taken care of properly artificial grass lawns can provide a great aesthetically pleasing play environment.  But in water stricken areas sometimes lawn care goes by the wayside.

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