All living things need water and lawns are no exception. Regular watering of a lawn maintains the colour, appearance and strength of the grass. It also prevents disease and turf disorders.
The aim of watering grass is to direct the water to the roots rather than just on the surface. As a rule, heavy and infrequent watering of the lawn is more beneficial than little and often. If you only water the surface, this will do more harm than good as the water will evaporate during hot weather causing brown patches and encourages disease and thatch build-up. Heavy and infrequent watering encourages a stronger root system which makes grass healthier; this prevents brown and dry patches from occurring. Early morning or evenings are the best times to water. If your lawn is based on sandy soils (rather than heavy clay soils) be aware that water is drained quicker, therefore requires heavy watering more often.
How to water your lawn:
- Watering cans
- Hose pipes
- Lawn Sprinklers
- Perforated Tubing
- Recycled water; grey water* or rain water.
Sometimes you may not be able to water your lawn – if it does develop brown patches don’t worry; it will improve once the rain returns. Natural weather conditions WILL be enough for the lawn to recover.
LawnHopper® has a water conservation product that can be applied to help in drought affected areas. An application of this means less water is needed.
Throughout drought periods of the year your grass focuses its resources on its roots. This may result in discolouration of the lawn as the grass lays dormant. Summer dormancy is a normal response to the stress of drought and heat. As soon as the weather changes your lawn will quickly recover if you follow the LawnHopper® treatment programme.
It is becoming increasingly common nowadays for people to invest in a water butt to recycle rain water.
Increase drought resistance:
- Follow the LawnHopper® treatment programme of four treatments plus Core Aeration and Machine Scarification.
- After Core Aeration leave the cores on the lawn allowing them to act as a ‘top dressing’.
- Always cut your lawn on a higher setting on your lawnmower. Cutting the lawn too short especially during drought conditions is not recommended.
- If your lawn is based on sandy soils be aware that water is drained quicker, therefore requires heavy watering more often.
*Grey water; is waste water that can be recycled and used again to water your lawn. Examples are bath water, washing up water or laundry water.