Your Lawn Might Be Heat-stressed
Who doesn’t love a little sunshine in their life? The warmth of the summer sun makes everything look a more alive and vibrant than the dull and grey cold of the winter. People in many countries can't wait for the summer to come for this very reason, and cherish the summer heat.
But there comes a time during summer when the heat gets to be little too much to handle. Adding to this the effects of global warming, and you’ve got a climate where heatwaves are rampant, there is less rain and things get extremely dry. This is the time when everything must be taken care of a little more than usual including your precious gardens and lawns, which might not be able to handle the stress of the late summer heat.
Signs of a Stressed Lawn
Much like every other living thing, a lawn will show physical signs of being stressed. The most typical symptoms are the presence of brown spots, fading color, dry soil, and grass that remains squished rather than springing back to its full galore after being stepped on.
If your lawn is showing any of these signs, it means that the stress caused by heat is too much for it to handle.
The Reason Might be More Simple Than you Think
Most of the time, a lawn is stressed because it is not getting adequate water to maintain health. Now by ‘adequate’ we don’t mean that you should just start watering more frequently, rather you should make sure that every part of the lawn is getting the water it needs to survive.
The reason for your lawn may be missing out on an adequate distribution of water could be that your sprinkler system is faulty. The nozzle of your sprinkler could be clogged, or it may not be aimed properly to get water to all parts of the lawn.
The Answer is not to Water Longer
What many people do in this situation is that they start watering their lawns for longer amounts of time. This does not have a positive effect on your lawn because those parts of the lawn that are not reached by the sprinklers still won’t get the water they need anyway, and all other parts of the lawn will get more than they need.
The Answer Lies in the Underlying Problem
In order to alleviate the stress on your lawn, you need to fix any underlying problems with your watering system. You have to make sure that all parts of the lawn are getting water, and getting enough of it to stay healthy and alive. The best way to do this is to use a cycle and soak method. It allows for the conservation of water and ensures that your lawn absorbs the required amount of it, rather than getting waterlogged by one long watering. Using sprinklers that move back and forth rather than those that stay in the same spot also helps distribute water more evenly.
You can also help your heat-stressed lawn by mowing it properly. Leave the grass at a height of at least 3 inches when cutting to make sure that it shades the soil and lets it hold its moisture for longer. Following these simple tips will do your lawn a lot of good, and might just be enough for it to survive the stress of a heatwave.