In the event of a dry spell or draught, follow these simply Joe's tip to help your lawn as best possible:
- Apply 2 or 3 good waterings per week to the lawn rather than frequent light watering. This will help to saturate the soil deeper.
- Try to water your lawn either first thing in the morning or during the evening when evaporation is at its lowest.
- Try to stay off your lawns as much as possible. Your grass is likely to be extremely dry during these periods and is likely to break as you walk over it.
Why are these brown patches occurring?
On close inspection of your lawn you will find it's normally the finer grasses that go into dormancy first. This is down to a lack of moisture content in the soil, caused by a recent dry period. Consider forking these areas to help the water get to where it is needed the most – the roots!
Will it recover?
Yes, as soon as we have adequate rainfall the grass will return to its normal colour.
Once there is sufficient moisture in the soil the grass will recover
Will the lawn need remedial work?
You could consider one or both of the following:
- Over Seeding - This will introduce more drought tolerant grasses into your lawn enabling it to withstand these conditions.
- Aeration - This will help relieve any compaction from sun dried lawns and will also remove any sub-surface thatch (which can act as a 'mat' preventing effective water penetration).
- Scarification - Review thatch levels during the summer, a build-up of thatch in the summer could prevent water from penetrating the lawn.