The effects of the Drought on your Lawn and Garden

The effects of the Drought on your Lawn and Garden

The Denver Metro Area is in a drought. How will the drought impact or affect your lawn? Let’s start with the basics. A drought can be defined as any period of time when a region or area is experiencing below normal precipitation. This lack of precipitation, be it snow or rain, can cause a reduction to the groundwater or soil moisture.


The CSU Extension Service has this advice:

Preparing Your Yard for Another Dry Summer 

You may have had rain (and snow!) just last week, but don't be fooled. The area can expect another dry summer. Lawn watering practices can have a big impact on your home’s water use, and there are steps you can take to conserve water while improving the overall health of your landscape. 


Water Less Often 

Believe it or not, following this rule of thumb doesn't have to mean compromising on a great looking lawn. When you water your lawn just a bit every other day, for example, grass roots don’t have to dig very deep to find that water. When the grass begins to dry, in comes another shallow application of water, and the roots happily quench their thirst near the surface of the lawn. Instead, take your weekly water amount (or add up the total run time of your sprinklers) and split it up evenly into one or two days per week. Water will move down the soil profile, and grass roots will follow to find water when they need it. Deeper roots lead to a more drought resistant lawn, and you may even be able to reduce the overall amount of water needed. Pretty neat, huh?


Water at the Right Time 

The best time to water your lawn is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. During this time period, less wind and cooler temperatures mean less evaporation and more bang for your irrigation buck. Avoid watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. when evaporation is highest, and skip an irrigation cycle when it rains.

The city of Denver has issued these water restrictions: You can also check the restrictions for your city. Check for Water Waste. Broken or misadjusted sprinkler heads can quickly offset all your other efforts at efficient irrigation. Regularly check for any visible leaks and water spray or run-off outside of the lawn area. You can call your sprinkler company, water company or perform your own irrigation audit!

The experts at Lawn and Tree Solutions by Growing Green also recommend the use of soil treatments such as Revive, to help save water and solve problems associated with hard, dry, compact soils and the additional iron helps thicken and turn your lawn dark green. Call us today 303-429-4378 for a healthier lawn and trees, disease and insect treatments and weed control.

CSU Irrigation System Audit Tutorial

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