Keeping your lawn green during the dry season can be a challenge, but with the right care, it’s possible to maintain a healthy and vibrant lawn all year round. By tending to your lawn, watering it properly, mowing it down to the right size and applying the right lawn care products at the right time, you can achieve your goal in full, especially if you use high quality, drought tolerant grass.
Before focusing on anything else, if you live in an area with frequent dry spells, consider planting drought-tolerant grasses that can withstand periods of low rainfall. Some examples include Bermuda grass, buffalo grass, and zoysia grass.
You’ll find that proper watering is essential. During the dry season, water your lawn deeply and infrequently. This encourages the roots to grow deeper into the soil, which can help them access moisture during dry periods. The frequency should be about or twice a week, depending on the weather conditions and the type of grass you have. Watering your lawn in the early morning can help reduce evaporation and ensure that the water penetrates the soil deeply. Avoid watering in the middle of the day when the sun is hottest, as this can cause the water to evaporate before it reaches the roots.
During the dry season, raise the cutting height of your lawn mower to help shade the soil and reduce water loss through evaporation. This can also encourage deeper root growth and help your grass stay healthy and green.
Fertilizing your lawn during dry periods can actually harm your grass and lead to water loss through evaporation. Wait until the weather cools and apply some good quality liquid organic fertilizer.