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Summer Drought Lawn Care Tips and FAQ

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The hottest and driest days of summer can give your green lawn a beating. You may notice that your lawn tries to self-regulate by slowing its growth. But alas, brown, crispy patches of grass emerge. However, keeping your lawn healthy and hydrated through the summer days isn’t an impossible task with these lawn care tips and FAQ.

It’s probably not the least bit surprising that it all comes down to watering.

What’s the correct amount of water for my lawn care?

On average, your lawn should be watered for about 45 minutes each time you water it. The purpose of this is to saturate the first five to six inches of soil.  Much like a tree, when you water a lawn, you’re not watering the blades of grass, you’re watering its root system below the surface. 

How frequently should I water my lawn?

Of course, every lawn is different so really pay attention. Chances are, you don’t need to water your lawn for 45 minutes every day. Every other day can be sufficient to keep your lawn hydrated. If the weather pattern changes, as it does in Maine, you may only need to water your lawn a few times a week.

What time of day is best to water my lawn?

Ideally you should water your lawn early in the morning.

Hopefully you know not to water your lawn in the middle of the day. That’s the hottest part of the day and most of the water is evaporated as quickly as it is hitting the air. Watering your lawn at night is also not ideal. Nighttime watering can promote disease in your lawn. The grass and soil get wet, and the blades of grass stay wet. This makes your lawn susceptible to fungal infections like red thread and anthracnose.

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Remember that the shady areas of your lawn won’t need the same amount or frequency of water that the parts of your lawn in direct sun will require to stay green.

It’s also important to make sure that the brown spots on your lawn are actually due to drought. Red thread and anthracnose, mentioned above, will also cause your lawn to brown. In this case, you don’t want to water your lawn, as it will spread the fungal infection. The best treatment is to let the fungus run its course and your lawn will recover in time.  Chinch bugs are another culprit. These pests thrive in drought conditions. They are hard to see and feed on the foliage of your lawn. Good news, though – they are easily treatable so you can get your lawn back quickly with proper treatment!

If you’re unsure if your lawn is falling victim to drought, fungus, pests or some combination of the three, the professionals at Lucas Tree Experts are here to help! They will help identify the problem and work with you to correct it. Your lawn will be flourishing again in no time!