During these long hot summer days your lawn can become dry and stressed. Grass cannot live without water and the telltale signs that your lawn needs water will be the tips of the grass drying out or loss of ‘springiness’ in the grass. This dryness will slowly work its way down the grass plant. If rain or irrigation is not forthcoming the grass will turn yellow then brown and eventually turn straw like, in extreme cases the grass will die. There are a few tips to try to prevent this from happening.
Watering – All living things require water but grass can tolerate dry weather. However, prolonged periods of dry weather can cause damage so if we have more than 2 weeks of dry weather you need to water. If after walking on your grass it stays flat and does not spring back up then it requires water. To water correctly leave a jar with a line ½ inch from the bottom under your sprinkler when the water reaches the line move the sprinkler and start again. It is better to water heavily once a week than lightly every night! Watering lighty will encourage the roots to turn towards the damp surface and also encourage moss. There are no exact rules to watering but a simple guide is water your lawn once a week under normal dry conditions and increase this to twice a week in abnormally hot weather.
Try to do this early morning or evening to reduce evaporation but change this to watering only in the morning nearer to autumn enabling your lawn to dry out a little towards the end of the day preventing moss growth.
Dry Patch or Hydrophobic Dry Patch – During periods of dry weather a fungus builds up around the soil particles and will have an effect of repelling the water droplets in the soil. A severe case of dry patch will result in the soil almost being unable to absorb water and any rain will run across the surface of the soil like rain on a glass plate. The grass suffers as moisture is not reaching down to the roots. Aerating your soil by spiking or hollow tine aeration combined with an application of a wetting agent to tackle the fungal disease will improve the water absorption properties of the soil and benefit the grass. Dry patch is an increasing problem in our dry windy summers. Lawn Therapy can apply wetting agents to help prevent lawns from drying out and help grass make the most of available moisture.
Compacted ground can have serious consequences for any lawns but can be cured by simply aerating the soil helping air, fertiliser and much needed water reach the roots thus benefiting the grass. This will help create a strong and vigorous root system and will increase drought resistence.
Thatch is a build up of dead organic matter lying on the soil surface. This layer acts like a barrier preventing the free flow of moisture, oxygen and carbon dioxide to and from the grass roots and preventing much needed moisture reaching the base of the grass shoots. It is vital that thatch is not allowed to build up as it can have a disastrous effect on any lawn weakening the grass, encouraging moss and diseases. Scarifying is the physical process of removing thatch from the soil surface and will help much needed moisture reach the roots of the grass.
Feeding regularly will greatly improve your grasses resistance to draught, this fertiliser will help maintain a strong grass plant giving the turf a natural ability to survive in dry conditions.
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We can start treating your lawn at any time of year and you will begin to notice results after just a few days.
Lawn Therapy provide scarifying, aerating, top dressing, lawn re-turfing services that allows your lawn to enjoy the same standard of lawn care as the local golf course and we use these professional treatments to control moss, weeds, lawn insects, worm casts, and grass and lawn diseases.
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