The Heat Is On
Keeping Your Lawn Hydrated & Healthy
According to the latest forecast for our region, we will see a steady climb in temperatures through the rest of the summer. Most of us will take shelter in the cool comfort of our homes and offices, and for some of us, it’s business as usual. At Terren we take every precaution with our maintenance crews to begin as early as possible, and work diligently, strategically and efficiently to complete before the mercury rises to the high for the day. As a standard, we keep a close eye on each other for signs of heat exhaustion and make certain that we’re constantly hydrated and protected from the elements. It is also part of our training to acclimate to these weather extremes.
As humans, we’re lucky in that respect. If it’s too hot, we can simply move to where there’s shade, drink plenty of fluids or signal for help if there is trouble. The same cannot be said of your lawn.
Tips to Keeping Your Lawn Hydrated & Healthy
The key to keeping your lawn green and lush is a proper watering schedule. Watering is also an important cultural component that maximizes the benefit of our turf and maintenance programs. While it’s true we do have a torrential rainstorm here and there throughout the summer, relying on rainfall alone may not be sufficient especially if you have a newly planted lawn. Remember, with excessive heat comes evaporation. This is why knowing when to water and how much water to apply is pretty important.
Here are some basics to keep in mind
- Water deeply and infrequently. The best times to water are between 6-10am. There’s less wind, the sunlight and heat aren’t as intense and it gives your lawn a full day to dry. If early morning watering isn’t possible, aim for the late afternoon hours from 4-7pm.
- Water at least a 1/2 inch of water, twice a week. This usually takes between 15 and 30 minutes if you use an irrigation system. This may vary depending on the size of your lawn area.
- Going dormant. If you choose to let the grass go dormant, it will be brown and dry in appearance. Most lawns are resilient and may be able to tolerate periods of dry conditions for up to 2 months. However, during dormancy we’d caution to tread lightly because while dormant grasses usually bounce back with rainfall, they can become damaged from foot traffic.
If you think your lawn needs some extra TLC or if you’d like us to run a simple on-site evaluation of your irrigation system, our maintenance and turf experts can help!
Call on us! We look forward to it!