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How to Keep Your Grass Green, Even in a Drought

This may sound like common sense but sometimes the main reason your grass is not green enough is not due to fertility or soil problems, rather it is due to drought problems. Your lawn may not be receiving enough water at the right time to have a substantial effect. Heritage Lawns & Irrigation suggests following the recommendations below to get your grass to the color that it should be!

Watering Recommendations:

Your lawn requires the following for optimum results:

  • 1 to 2 inches of water per week during the growing season (use rain gauge or a small bucket for proper measurements)
  • More water is required during the summer and hot weather
  • Less water is required during the spring and fall and during cool weather
  • Water 2 to 3 times each week (adjusting your watering for rainfall)
  • Water a minimum of 1/2 to 3/4 inches of water during each watering session
  • Water slowly to avoid run-off
  • Water to a minimum soil depth of 4 inches (use a stake or screwdriver to test depth)
  • Following the above guidelines will encourage a healthy deep grass root system that is more drought and disease resistant

Avoid the following for optimum results:

  • Light, frequent watering which causes shallow, weak root systems that are very susceptible to drought and disease damage.
  • Heavy, fast watering (high pressure) which can lead to unnecessary run-off and soil erosion

If you want to make the watering issue as easy as possible, consider an automatic sprinkler system. Our Irrigation Maintenance team can set your control box to follow the seasonal recommendations listed above or call us at (913) 451-4664 to discuss your situation.