And the good news is there is no right or wrong answer, it’s just a matter of deciding whether you want to continue having a green lawn or if you are willing to let your lawn go dormant for a short period of time.
Keeping Your Lawn Green
If you decide to water to keep your lawn green you need to commit to watering your lawn between ½ - 1 inch per week.
- Monitor rainfall and adjust your watering so as not to over water.
- If you planted a new lawn this spring it may need more frequent watering because its roots are not as well established.
- Keep your lawn mowed at higher length to help conserve moisture.
Letting You Lawn Go Dormant
Dormancy is the most natural approach – it’s the grasses’ natural response to hot, dry conditions where it pulls its energy to the roots and the crowns will begin to turn brown.
- If there is no rainfall and extreme heat for a period of more than 3-4 weeks, you should supply a supplement of about 1/4 inch per week.
- Try and keep heavy traffic on the lawn as much as possible.
- Once the cooler temperatures of early fall set in, your lawn should recover and “green-up” again nicely.
Whichever route you decide to take make sure you commit to it and stick with it!
Letting your lawn go brown and then greening it up again can cause stress on the lawn and create additional problems.
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