Did you know it only takes 1 week for your lawn to become drought stressed? As we leave Spring behind and Summer creeps in, the days get longer and warmer exposing your lawn to more sunlight & heat. It is
important to continue service during times of drought stress to help prevent and control crabgrass, disease, & damaging lawn insects. In addition to your regular fertilization applications, your lawn needs 1” to 1-1/2” of water per week. Once your lawn is dried out, it takes a significant amount of water to get it growing again. The “damaged” brown & yellow spots will only disappear when your lawn is getting enough to drink. Only then, will it begin to grow out and become green again. So, how much water is that exactly?
What 1-1/2 Gallons Of Water Looks Like:
- 1 Gallon Of Water Per Sq/Ft
- 1,000 Gallons Of Water Per 1,000 Sq/Ft Of Grass
- A Fire Truck Holds 1,000 Gallons Of Water
– That‘s 10 FIRE TRUCK LOADS Of Water To Water A 10,000 Sq/Ft lawn!
- An 18 Wheeler Semi Holds 8,000 Gallons Of Water
- A 5’ Deep 20 Foot Round Pool Holds 12,000 Gallons Of Water
Reason Some Lawns Show Drought Stress Sooner Than Others:
- Mowing Height – 3-1/2″ or higher. Use the highest setting on your mower.
- Soil Conditions – pH, Clay content, & Phosphorous. Get a soil sample
- Buried Construction Scraps – Drywall, Wood, Concrete, & Gravel
- High Content Of Gravel In Soil – From nature or construction
- Thatch Level – Maintain at 1/4″ or less
- Type Of Grass – Older types may be less drought tolerant
- Dull Mower Blades – Sharpen once a year