Giving your lawn too much water can be disastrous. But as a heatwave reaches the Maryland region, then you need to know how to deal with any potential water shortages. Water carefully and smartly, and you can avoid oversaturation.
What Your Grass Needs
First of all, it is essential to seek out and plant the types of grass that are best suited for the climate in which you live. Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue, zoysia, and bermudagrass all have different needs. Some grasses will need more water and others less. Of course, this is all under normal conditions. Heat stress can affect your lawn as severely as it can affect humans and animals. If you find the right mix of grass and care techniques, then you’ll be able to keep your lawn emerald green all summer long.
Most of the time, your grass can get by on the rain that will fall. During the spring and summer, this won’t be as much of a problem because of how frequent the thunderstorms are. But you’ll also need to be mindful of how easily your lawn can flood and create a catastrophic domino effect around the foundations of your house. Water moves around differently in certain types of soil – sandy soil behaves differently than clay soil, for instance. Using a rain gauge can make a tremendous difference, as can keeping an eye on your irrigation system. Haphazard guesswork is not in your best interest. If you need to add water, do it in the early morning hours before dawn and before the sun reaches its apex.
Droughts and Water Shortages
Do what you can to avoid wasting water and minimize the formation of useless puddles. These puddles can become the breeding grounds for mosquitoes and will make you want to avoid spending time or caring for your lawn as a result. When you know a drought is coming, start using less water gradually – as in over several weeks. Suddenly depriving your lawn of the water, it is used to do will put it in distress. For the time being, turn off any systems that run automatically, and eschew using fertilizers until the water shortage crisis has ended. Preparing your lawn now can help you later, especially since temperatures are bound to continue rising as July marches on towards August.
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