Extreme summer weather can wreak havoc on your lawn if you don’t change the way you care for it. You might actually be forced to do something different: For instance, if you live in an area susceptible to drought, local ordinances on water rationing might actually prohibit you from watering your grass.
In some cases, you may even need to revamp your lawn entirely — that is, replant a different variety of grass that can better changed weather conditions.
Preparing your lawn for the kinds of extreme weather conditions that tend to affect where you live — this usually won’t require much work.
Heat Waves, Droughts and Wildfires
Before summer 2018 even officially started, numerous parts of the country already experienced record high temperatures that qualify as heat waves. All forecasts have called for above average temperatures this season.
High temperatures don’t necessarily indicate that a water shortage will occur, but it doesn’t hurt to plan for that possibility.
For example, allowing your grass to grow a little longer can help it retain water. Plus, it creates some of its own shade, helping to keep the ground cooler and lessening the negative effects of evaporation.
However don’t grow it longer if your area has had wildfires in the past.
You might also want to skip fertilizer in periods of extreme heat, it can cause damage.
When you do water, make sure to do so only during the very early morning hours — when it’s cooler out, more moisture can be absorbed.
If your area has experienced droughts in previous years, consider updating your landscaping toward more of a desert look, possibly eliminating as much of the grass as possible.
Otherwise, refer to your local ordinances to find out your watering schedule. Then, follow it closely, watering on all of the days you are allowed.
Ideally, you want to use an irrigation system and not sprinklers. Sprinklers are less efficient, so not all of the water may make it into your lawn.
To minimize the risk of fires, clear out brush as regularly as possible. Additionally, if any of your plants die or turn brown, remove them immediately. You also want to rake up fallen leaves and dispose of them. All of these things add fuel to fires.
Hurricanes, Storms and Floods
Hurricanes, tropical storms, and even floods can quickly lead to soil erosion. As the soil is washed away, it destroys your lawn.
Conversely, if you can take steps to thicken your lawn and make it healthier, that will increase the chance it will survive the onslaught of water.
As early in the summer season as possible, fill any bald patches with additional grass. Also plant roots help keep the soil in place so it won’t erode.
You may also want to allow your grass to grow longer before mowing it. This allows the roots to also grow deeper, providing more stability to the soil.
Lawn Care for Extreme Summer Weather
By following the tips above, you can maintain a healthy lawn regardless of any extreme summer weather conditions.
And by starting now, you may even be able to prepare in advance, giving you a head start this year.
Readers, how has the summer sun been affecting your lawn in recent seasons? Do you have other any tips for protecting your lawn during extreme weather?
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