To looks its best, your lawn needs moisture. In periods where there is not sufficient rain, you will have to water to keep your lawn rich and green. If there are water restrictions, your lawn's natural defenses will take over. The growth rate will drop, the turf will brown as the plants save all their strength to maintain root health; your grassy areas become dormant. When the water returns, so will your lovely green lawn. When necessary, watering instructions will be left.
Is your lawn suffering from drought stress? There are several care practices that you can follow to help your lawn tolerate low water conditions and to hasten recovery when moisture is available.
Be Patient! Under severe stress conditions your lawn goes into a dormant state, not unlike winter dormancy, for protection from the effects of Mother Nature. With continued care, rich green coloring and resilience will return when moisture and more favorable growing conditions prevail.
Maintain adequate fertility and proper soil pH. Keep weeds and insects under control. Raise mowing height to encourage deep rooting. Mow less frequently, mow during the cool part of the day, and keep the mower blade SHARP.
Mowing is important for both the appearance and health of your lawn. The rule of thumb in mowing frequency is: cut the grass often enough that you never have to cut off more than one-third of grass blade. Mower blades should be sharp to avoid shredding leaf tips. Mow the lawn when the grass is dry. The time period will vary depending upon the type of grass and the weather conditions.
If you mow on a regular schedule, cutting no more than one-third of the blade length, leave the clippings on the lawn. They are actually useful in maintaining good lawn health. Clippings decompose rapidly and do not add to the thatch layer. If you get behind schedule or excessive grass moisture causes the clippings to form clumps, pick them up. The clumps are unsightly and can damage the grass plants they cover.
Your lawn can enjoy the benefits of aeration:
helps control harmful thatch;
increases root development;
improves overall plant health;
reduces soil problems; and
increases water retention and lowers overall water bills.