Water is an essential element required for all living organisms, and grass is no exception. Whether it’s St. Augustine, Bermuda, Ryegrass, or Buffalo Turf, all common varieties of lawn grass need water to survive. Without it, they’ll turn brown and eventually die.
Therefore, homeowners should take the necessary precautions to protect their lawn during droughts. So, what steps can you take to protect your lawn during a drought?
Ideally, you should water your lawn on a regular basis. According to DIY Network, most lawns require 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week. Mother Nature may handle this task for you, though other times you may need to water it yourself. As long as your lawn receives at least 1 inch of water per week, it should be protected from droughts and related problems.
Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to water a lawn. If there’s a drought, local cities and counties may prohibit or otherwise restrict Texas homeowners from watering their lawns. Always check with your respective city or county prior to watering your lawn to see if there’s a ban in place. Failure to comply with the ban could result in a hefty fine.
Keep it Mowed
Conventional wisdom should lead you to believe that tall grass needs more water than short grass. When grass is tall, it will naturally need more water to survive. So, keep your lawn mowed during droughts to minimize its water requirements.
Mowing your lawn can help it overcome a drought, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should use the lowest blade setting on your mower. On the contrary, if the blade setting is too low, it will cause additional stress while further compounding the damage caused by a drought. Adjust your mower blade to about 2 inches while ensuring it’s sharp to promote a healthy lawn.
Mulch the Clippings
Rather than bagging and disposing of your grass clippings when moving, mulch it across your lawn. By mulching your grass clippings, you’ll encourage greater water absorption. You see, crass clippings hold a substantial amount of water – and your lawn can use that moisture to stay healthy during a drought.
These are just a few tips to help your lawn overcome a drought. The good news is that droughts are typically short lived. And once it’s passed, rain will begin to fall once again.
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