Droughts can cause detrimental damage to your lawn and garden. So how is your lawn supposed to survive a drought during the summer months? It is important to take these precautionary drought landscaping measures when caring for your yard before a drought occurs.

It is likely that during a drought, individuals may feel obligated to over-water their lawns to make up for the lack of natural rainfall that occurs during that season. However, while water supply is crucial, it is important that these drought landscaping steps be taken into consideration prior to treating your lawn:

  1. Proper Mowing Technique: it is recommended that your lawn be kept approximately 2-3 inches in length. This length is optimal for shading the soil beds and creating deeper roots beneath the surface.
  2. Strategic Watering Practices: when it comes to watering your lawn, it is crucial to only water at the rate to which the soil can absorb the water below its surface. The optimal time to water your lawn is in the morning, between the hours of 5 and 10AM. Keeping this occurrence to once or twice a week is best, as this schedule will help increase the depth of the root size later on. Once watering is complete, be sure to inspect the rooting depth within the soil by using a soil probe or shovel.
  3. Root-Related Stress Controls:
    1. Maintaining a consistent soil pH encourages root activity beneath the surface. The ideal pH level is within the range of 6.0 and 7.0, as root activity becomes restricted outside of this range.
    2. Characteristically speaking, thatch is known for its poor nutrient and water holding capabilities. Keeping thatch levels below ½ inch will promote deeper rooting within the soil and will prevent any rooting that is restricted to those areas of thatch. Learn more about thatch here.

Taking these measures will help protect and preserve your lawn before a drought occurs.
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