Protect Your Lawn During A Drought

It’s dry out there! As we face a drier than usual early September, we are seeing a lot of landscapes in drought stress. Please keep a few things in mind:

  • If you can water your lawn, please do so. Your lawn needs about 1 inch of water per week. If you are manually watering, aim to water two times a week for 45 minutes to an hour for each section (Please be sure to respect any watering bans or restrictions placed by your town).
  • Even those of you with sprinkler systems will see your lawns starting to slip into drought stress. If you can, water 30 minutes per zone every other day. If your system has a “water budget” fea
    ture you may be able to increase the time of all of your zones using that tool.
  • If you have planted trees and shrubs this season, please don’t forget to water them, too. A deep watering once a week should work. Usually, you can just put a hose right at the base of the new planting. Unless you have a drip irrigation system, normal sprinkler heads do not work well to water trees and shrubs.
  • The most important thing that new seed needs is water! Ideally, you should be watering new seed twice a day. If that’s not feasible, then water once a day at the minimum. Make sure the seeded areas are wet but not puddling. You will need to water new seed for 6-8 weeks.
  • Do not skip your lawn care applications. Despite the dry conditions, you will notice that weeds are still flourishing. Our technicians are customizing applications based on the condition of each lawn. Also, insect damage will mimic drought damage-except insects will kill the turf completely. Our lawn care professionals will continue to monitor your lawn to keep it as healthy as possible.

If you have any questions, please call our office at 1-800-294-5296.

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