Defeating the Drought: Dry Weather Lawn Care Tips

It’s been a rough summer for many lawns in the Western United States, with high temperatures and extended periods of low rainfall affecting lawn growth and lawn health. Not only are you feeling the heat, but your lawn is too.

Several grass types are equipped to survive hot, dry weather, including Zoysia, Bermuda, St. Augustine, Buffalo, Bahia and Fescues. Instead of dying, like plants, they go dormant and no longer require food or water. When the rain and cooler temperatures come again, your yard will be reborn a green and healthy lawn.

>> Check out the Guide to Green Grass from Briggs & Stratton for more on grass types.

In the meantime, remember these 4 lawn care tips to get through the hot, dry summer:

1)      Cover up. Droughts have more impact on bare or poorly protected soil than soil shaded by tall plants and trees – when soil becomes warmer, water evaporates faster, leaving the dry grass and soil vulnerable to irreparable damage.

2)      Cut your lawn care routine short – leaving grass clippings on your lawn will help shade your soil and retain moisture in your lawn once the drought has passed.

3)      The longer the blade, the better the shade. Whether using a push mower or riding mower powered by a Briggs & Stratton® engine, mow a high grass height, preserving at least two-thirds of the blade. When the grass height is higher, it provides more shade for soil and allows your lawn to grow deeper roots.

 

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4) Use the right tools. Make sure your mower is tuned-up and you use fresh fuel.  Briggs & Stratton® Advanced Formula Fuel Treatment offers 5-in-1 treatment and stabilizer to ensure you are maintaining good engine health.

Have drought lawn care tips of your own? Share them in the comments!

Want to learn more about drought lawn care? Check out our article on Lawn Watering Tips for the best looking yard ever.