With rising temperatures and decreased rainfall, mid- to late-winter in Southwest Florida can put a serious strain on your lawn. If you are not careful, your lawn could end up dead. No rain and water restrictions can really take a shot at your ability to take care of your lawn. However, there are some tried and true tips that are sure to beat the dry season.
When your lawn is suffering from a drought, these tips will help you survive:
1. Raise the blades on your mower. Taller grass provides more protection from sun and grows deeper roots, which makes it more resilient.
2. Resist the temptation to bag your lawn and use a mulching mower instead. The clippings will provide a barrier that keeps moisture in your lawn longer.
3. Aerate your lawn twice a year (fall and spring) to keep out thatch and help the roots grow deeper.
4. Sharpen your lawnmower blade. Dull blades put your grass under lots of undue stress. Stressed grass needs more water.
5. Water early in the morning and when it is not windy to avoid unnecessary evaporation of your rationed water.
6. Use a drip type irrigation system like a soaker hose. It put water in the ground, where it is needed, more efficiently.
7. Do not fertilize in the summer. Experts will tell you that fertilized lawns are more sensitive to heat and require more water.
Green is definitely a color to envy in the heart of the dry season. Do yourself a favor and follow these tips to keep a green lawn that makes your neighbors squirm with envy.