FACTS & ADVICE ABOUT 2012 DROUGHT
Posted on July 18, 2012 - 9:16 am
by 2012 Drought Information
Lawn care professionals predict costly losses for home-owners from this drought of 2012. Farmers have been the topic of attention due to the drought, but home-owners could face big losses, also.
Both Purdue and Ohio agronomists recommend a THOROUGH watering to avoid drought damage during dormancy. A thorough watering is defined as 1” of water per 1000 square feet of lawn every 6 to 10 days. “When the water supply …. Is limited or watering restrictions are in place….. designate priority areas in your home lawn (front lawn, patio, play areas, etc. SYRINGE watering of these priority areas is recommended. Syringe watering is a light watering of ¼ to ½ inch of water per 1000 square feet every two to three weeks. “This watering will keep most of the crowns. rhizomes and roots of the dormant plants hydrated. This amount of water will not re-green a dormant lawn, however, it will insure good recovery once rainfall occurs later.”
Plants also burn a lot of energy when they go in and out of dormancy. One half to three-quarters of a pound of slow-release nitrogen per thousand square feet preceding periods of anticipated stress is recommended.
Over-seeding is recommended, if baseball sized patches are open after recovery is under way. Over-seeding should begin in late-August. OVER-SEEDING watering is necessary for good seed emergence (3/8 inches of water daily).
During drought conditions don’t put anything on the lawn (slip’n’slides, car washes, etc.). Refrain from mowing. Avoid insect, weed or disease treatments, unless they become an absolute must. If treatments are necessary, they should be done on a spot spray basis.
Keeping a cool attitude, and doing what you can for your lawn will help you adapt to the drought conditions. If you have any concerns contact us at our website – leisurelawn.com or call our office at (260)338-1893.