If you live in an area that's affected by the drought, you might be having a hard time keeping your grass green. You might have even considered ripping it out and switching to drought-resistant plants. You don't have to do that. With a few simple adjustments, you can have beautiful, green lawn even with the water restrictions in place. Here are three steps to take to keep your lawn green during the drought.
Let It Grow
If you're used to giving your lawn a close shave, you'll want to adjust your mower during the drought. Letting your grass grow a few days more – and not cutting it so short – will prevent rapid evaporation of the valuable water. Not only that, but longer grass helps prevent overheating and burning during the hot summer days.
Put it On Automatic
If you've been watering your grass by hand – using a standard garden hose – you may be wasting water. To help keep your grass green – and use less water – switch to an automatic sprinkler system. You can program the sprinklers to turn on automatically and run for a pre-determined amount of time. Your automatic sprinklers can be adjusted to avoid over-spray, which will ensure that the water you're using is going directly to the grass and not on to sidewalks and driveways. If you're required to water only on designated days and hours, your automatic sprinklers will take care of that – even if you aren't at home.
Add Some Air
If you're not aerating your lawn during the drought, you should be. The soil around your roots can get compacted, which means less water and oxygen will be absorbed by your lawn. You can loosen the soil around the roots and increase the absorption power of your root system by aerating your lawn at least once a week. All you have to do is put on a pair of golf shoes – they have sharp cleats on the bottom – and walk around your lawn. Be sure to walk in straight vertical and horizontal lines to make sure to aerate your entire lawn.
The drought doesn't have to mean that your beautiful lawn must die. Even with strict water restrictions in place, there are still some steps you can take to keep your lawn green – and conserve valuable water. The information provided here will help you keep stay within the limits while keeping your grass green this summer. Be sure to speak to your landscaper about other water-saving ways to take care of your lawn.