Water is the single most important thing you can feed your lawn. Lawns requires 2.5 to 4 cm of water weekly to encourage strong healthy roots. Depending on your soil type, this means watering 1 to 2 times per week, combined with regular rainfall. Be careful not to overwater either. Watering too much can cause just as many issues, and promote as many turf diseases as under watering. Early morning is the best time to water the lawn. Mid-day watering during hot dry weather can waste water since much of the water evaporates. Evening water promotes the spread of many turf diseases.
What to do in a Drought
The symptoms of drought begin with a dark silvery tinged grass blade. At this point your footprints become clearly visible. The grass does not bounce back when you walk on it. If the problem isn’t fixed, the grass plants will turn a straw colour. If the lawn shows symptoms of drought, water immediately regardless of the time of day. And do not panic! When the weather changes and cooler temperatures arrive along with adequate moisture, the grass will usually begin to grow again. With proper lawn care the lawn will return to a healthy state.