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Fairfield County Lawn Care Tips
One of the longest drought seasons in Connecticut was recorded from June 21 2016 to May 2, 2017, a total of 46 weeks. This was a very difficult time, and many lawns were affected by this drought. Below are a few tips on how to care for your lawn during or after a drought season in Hartford County.
During a drought, the air vibrates, causing the green lawns to turn brown. At this time, it might seem like there is no way to restore the lawn - actually, there is!
What to do before a drought
1. Plant grass that is drought resistant
Drought-resistant grasses such as buffalo grass and zoysia grass do well in dry conditions.
2. Do a proper water audit
A lot of water is usually wasted due to poor irrigation methods. A proper audit will help you figure out how much water your lawn uses, and enable you to get a good watering strategy for the dry season.
3. Create an irrigation system
A good irrigation system will help you save on money and water. Smart irrigation systems can detect when your lawn needs water, how much it needs, and control the watering program.
4. Harvest rainwater
Harvesting rainwater can save you during a drought. However, it is important to know the state laws concerning harvesting and using rainwater.
What to do during the drought
1. Monitor the drought
Monitoring any announcements about the drought can be really helpful.
2. Avoid over-fertilizing
Over-fertilizing will only lead to the burning of the grass instead of getting its color back.
3. Look out for signs of damage or stress
Browning and thinning of some patches on your lawn may be a result of drought stress which is caused by severe heat or lack of water. The severe heat interferes with photosynthesis, thereby causing the grass to darken and wilt. Visible footprints after walking on the grass are also a sign of stress.
4. Mow your grass high
Low mowing will leave your lawn exposed, increasing the rate of evaporation of soil moisture and leaving the fragile roots exposed.
Recovering your lawn after a drought
1. Assess the damage
Inspect the lawn to know if it is just damaged, or if it's dead. Assess the base of the grass just above the roots. If it is whitish then the grass is still alive, but if it is all brown then the grass is dead.
Aerating allows water, nutrients, and air to reach the roots of your grass. This method only works for green lawns accompanied by watering regularly.
3. Apply fertilizer
Put just enough fertilizer in your lawn for water absorption and healthy roots only.
4. Avoid over-watering your lawn
Irrigate regularly and according to a well-developed plan, as too much or too little water can damage your lawn severely.
5. Get a renovation plan
At the end of the drought season, you should start thinking about how to restore your lawn by creating a strategy on when and how to overseed the dead grass, apply compost, and choose the type of grass to plant next.