Record-setting heat and drought conditions this summer have prompted many homeowners to give up hope for a green lawn. The biggest threat to lawns this time of year is heat, not necessarily only a lack of water.
“The solution to a distressed lawn is not just more water but how you water,” said John Eden, a lawn care specialist with Denver-based Revive, Inc. “Watering deeper and longer, not more frequently, results in stronger root systems.”
Here are a few lawn care tips for homeowners to keep in mind in order to combat the extreme temperatures:
Avoid watering during daytime hours: Avoid evaporation by running sprinkler zones during the late evening and early morning; Water twice a day, splitting the zone times in half.
Check sprinklers for water output and coverage: Place a shallow container on the lawn to measure water intake. Lawns require about two inches of water per week during the peak summer temperatures.
Reducing heat stress: During hot daytime temperatures, sun-exposed areas that are stressed can be cooled off by wetting (“syringing”) the turf for a few minutes with a hose. Syringing can reduce damage by cooling and refreshing heat-stressed areas.
Mow smarter, sharpen blades: Set the mower height level as high as possible. Leave lawn clippings behind and use a mulching mower to recycle moisture and nutrients back into the yard. Be sure to sharpen the lawnmower blade twice each summer.