How To Drought Proof Your Lawn This Summer
With Sydney’s hottest summer on record, it seems impossible to keep your lawn looking a healthy lush green.
Our lawn professionals shared some expert tips on how to drought-proof your lawn this summer.
“Heavy but infrequent watering is the key”
Homeowners need to understand that watering every second day for 5 minutes is wasteful and doesn’t help the grass become drought hardy.
Instead, the grass benefits from Heavy but Infrequent Watering.
With heavy watering, the water can seep into the roots as far as 15 to 20 centimeters deep. Also, as the top layer of soil dries out, it becomes difficult for weed seeds to germinate.
So the CORRECT Watering Program should be as follows:
- NIL or very little Water in Winter – it is cold so the ground stays wet enough through winter, besides we don’t need to encourage lawn disease problems
- Once weekly in Spring & Autumn for 1 hour (each zone)
- Three to four times weekly for 1 hour in Summer (depending on rain)
- Be mindful not to over water as you can kill the grass with oxygen deprivation
- If the soil is hydrophobic, you can get a good wetting agent like Wettasoil from your local hardware store. Wetting agents help lubricate the soil, improve water retention and penetration.
- Water in the early morning, not at night, to give the grass a chance to dry out, as this will help prevent disease & fungus.
Don’t want to think about the right time and amount of water for your grass? Our maintenance team is here to help. Please get in contact with us to get your free maintenance consultation with our garden maintenance experts.