OTHER DROUGHT CONSIDERATIONS
Posted on July 14, 2012 - 9:36 am
by 2012 Drought Information
There a number of things to keep in mind as a drought wears on. Here are some of the most important.
Thunderstorms… Localized or “popcorn” thunderstorms may occur during drought periods. Sadly they seldom provide enough moisture to make a difference as they tend to dump a large quantity of water which runs off before it can be absorbed.
Mowing… Set your mowing height at 3 inches or more (notch 6) and change your mowing pattern to avoid putting the wheels in the same place each time. This is particularly important as you are mowing around trees, shrubs and flower beds. Keep your blade sharp. A dull blade will shred rather than make a clean cut which leads to more water loss for the plant. Mow in the evenings when it is cooler if possible.
If your lawn has gone dormant, do NOT mow it until it has had time to recover.
Traffic… Stay off the lawn as much as possible. Keep large objects off the lawn.
Fertilizing… We use ultra slow release fertilizer to prevent burn and have energy available to the plant when rains begin. University research shows that lawns that receive proper fertilization during drought conditions recover more quickly.
Weed Control… We avoid applications when the temperatures are high because they can burn. We will spot spray the most obvious weeds. Keep in mind that weed control works very slowly in hot weather as its action is related to the rate of plant growth. We will focus on control after the drought has broken.
Insects… Some insects thrive in hot weather by sucking the moisture out of the plants. When lawns are dormant it is nearly impossible to detect this damage. We will treat any insect damage as soon as conditions allow.
Fall fertilization will be very important in helping lawns recover and have the vigor to survive the winter and thrive next spring. We are here to help with any questions you may have. We welcome your call to 260-338-1893 or visit us at leisurelawn.com.
Keeping a cool attitude during the drought and doing what you can for your lawn will help you adapt to the drought conditions.