How to Grow a Lawn in Dry Conditions

planting treesAs we become more aware of our impact on the environment, a realization occurs that water conservation can play an important role in reducing our footprint.  Warmer weather and drier conditions are becoming more common which can result in local watering prohibitions.  One element of our properties that has come under criticism for its use of large amounts of water is our lawns.  They tend to cover a lot of ground and can seemingly require more water than any other part of the home.  But there is a way around overconsumption of water by the green grass that we’re so often proud of.   If you’re wondering how to grow a lawn in dry conditions, we provide this set of tips.

 

Training Your Lawn 

Quite often we overwater our lawns – and they quickly get used to it!  One result of overwatering is that the root systems become shallow and prone to drying out more quickly.  Daily watering leads to much of the water simply evaporating or percolating so far into the ground that the grass roots are unable to access it.  Although seemingly counterintuitive, watering your lawn less can cause it to flourish – even under dry conditions.  Less frequent watering leads to a deeper and stronger root system that becomes more efficient at extracting water from several levels in the soil.

 

Lawn Mowing And Maintenance

Although you may not feel like you fit the bill, most people are too keen when it comes to mowing the lawn.  Lawns are often mown too frequently and too short.  When grass blades are longer, they are able to store more moisture and are better able to withstand dry conditions.  Longer grass blades also shade the soil and reduce water evaporation.  You should consider leaving behind the grass clippings to add extra nutrients to the lawn while providing water retaining ground cover.  Lawn maintenance procedures such as fertilizing, dethatching or aerating should be done in the spring or fall to reduce stressors that require more water.

 

Lawn Alternatives

As a more radical means of conserving water, you might consider planting drought resistant varieties or replacing the grass altogether.  Kentucky bluegrass is the most common grass variety, but it also requires more water than other drought resistant cultivars.  Artificial turf, patios, decks and other lawn replacements will also reduce the size of your lawn and amount of water needed to keep your grass looking green.

To learn more about how you can have beautiful landscaping and grass, contact us today!