Following one of the driest springs on record since 1912 for Chilliwack and the Fraser Valley, lawns are taking a toll. With the summer starting off with a heat wave you may be asking, "will I be able to save my lawn?" The answer is yes if you follow these tips for watering your lawn in the summer while restrictions are in place.
- Water your lawn once a week for only one hour or twice a week for ½ hour.
- Know when to water. Walk on the lawn - if it springs back, no water is required, or put a screwdriver into the lawn - if the top two inches of the lawn is dry, then water.
- Water in the early morning. This is the best time to minimize water lost through evaporation and wind. Nighttime watering leaves the grass wet for longer periods of time, increasing the risk of disease.
- Water only the lawn. Check your sprinkler to ensure you are watering the lawn and not the sidewalk or road.
- Don't over water. Too much water saturates the soil leading to poor soil aeration and weakening of grass, making it vulnerable to disease and invasion of weeds.
You may be also asking the question, "I have an irrigation system why is my lawn still going brown?" There are several factors that could come into play. For example - compacted soil, mowing too low, improper watering practices etc. However, the one thing your lawn is missing the most (even if you're not) is rain. The biggest difference between rain water and city/well water is the hardness. Rain water is softer and has no chlorine or other minerals found in tap water. Rain is readily absorbed by the soil and contains nutrients gained from the atmosphere. Also keep in mind the factor of barometric pressure during a rain storm. The barometric pressure of the soil and atmosphere are lined up perfectly to allow rain to be utilized and have the best results. "So with no rain in the forecast in the coming weeks, what am I to do?"
- Mow high - mow your lawn when the grass is 6-8 cm high. This develops a deep extensive root system and better retains moisture.
- Keep mower blade sharp - a dull blade tears the grass causing more moisture loss.
- Mow the lawn without the bag - leave the lawn clippings on the lawn to retain moisture.
- Fertilize - follow a fertilization program to encourage deep rooting and drought tolerance.
- Keep weeds out - water hungry weeds soak up water so pull them or use a weed killer.
Each and every lawn requires different treatment and maintenance because there are no two lawns alike. Your lawns' required maintenance and treatments depend on several factors including where you live, sun exposure, the condition of your lawn, soil type and so on. So to get started on growing a beautiful lawn, take advantage of a free healthy lawn analysis compliments of your Weed Man Chilliwackprofessionals. We can help you with custom solutions, tried and tested programs developed locally for Chilliwack conditions, and provide guidance on how we can work together this season.