Every garden or lawn has to go through the situation of a drought atleast once. No matter how long or short the drought is, a garden or lawn owner must know how to deal with it and survive it. There are many ways to prepare your garden for a drought and the following are some of the easiest tips and suggestions:
Preparing Before the Drought Hits
If you are expecting a drought in the next 30 to 45 days, then there are many ways using which you can prepare for it. A dry, drought time or hot period can harmfully affect your garden and hence impact its survivability as well. You can do the following to prepare for it:
- The first step is to reduce thatch and compaction
- Reduce using nitrogen fertilizer and increase the content of potassium fertilizer.
- Do not water too frequently and make sure you do it deeply whenever you do it.
- Make sure you mow often so as to ensure that the top third glass blades of the entire lawn area are effectively removed.
- Make sure you leave the clippings on the lawn itself.
- Avoid using pesticides and herbicides.
- Another tip is to sharpen the blades of your mow two to three times in a season.
- Watering the lawn late at night or early morning is also a good tip.
Surviving the Drought Tips and Suggestions
Besides doing preparation before the drought, you may also need to follow some tips to survive the drought when it hits. Here are a few:
- One good way or tip is to raise the mowing height by about 25% or even more if possible.
- Another tip is to reduce the traffic on your garden as much as possible.
- Make sure that you increase the watering on all of those plants that are grown near the building area.
- Increase the watering also on the plants which are near any heat reflecting surfaces and high sloped areas.
Tips to Survive Extended Droughts
Hereâ€™s how to survive those droughts that tend to survive beyond expected:
- Make sure you eliminate all the traffic on your garden or lawn.
- Another tip is to restrict watering on those areas which are the most important to you.
- You will need to accept the fact that the unwatered portion of the lawn or garden will remain brown or dormant until the drought gets over.