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Here are some tips to drought-proof your lawn before summers heat sets in:
*Dethatch your lawn and reduce compaction of the soil.
*Reduce or eliminate nitrogen fertilizers. Try to use potassium based fertilizers instead.
*Water your lawn early in the morning.
*Sharpen your mower blades two to three times per season.
*Cut your lawn no shorter than three inches.
*Leave your clippings on the lawn and stop using pesticides.
Three inches is quite long - I find about 2inches works well - reduces cutting to once a week in vigorous growth periods and protects against heat and weeds - but that is in Africa! Cutting short burns roots and inhibits spreading. Leaving the cut grass on the lawn mulches, encourages seed spreading and keeps soil moist in summer. Over a period of seven years I have turned a patch of semi desert into rolling lawn over 12 acres using these methods - and the poor feeding grasses get choked out as well!
|Sheri Ann Richerson|