As you well know there is a serious drought throughout Texas and neighboring states. If you are selling your home you know how important it is to maintain beautiful curb appeal but how can you when the heat is killing all your hard work? Below are a few tips on how to help manage your lawn even though water is in short supply.
Managing your soil
Make sure the soil in your lawn is in good condition for the plants you wish it to grow in. Through cultural practices like , topdressing, aerating, de-thatching, composting, and liming, a soil can be amended to provide ideal turf growing conditions.
You may think that watering your lawn everyday with a sprinkler is a good idea. Well, contrary to popular belief conventional sprinklers can be very wasteful. A much better alternative is to either invest in an automatic irrigation system set on a timer or to do it the old fashion way of just holding the hose on the spots needed to be watered.
Many times people get confused of the best times to water. As I drive through my subdivision at night I notice many lawns being watered with sprinkles; this is actually one of the worst times to water your lawn. When the air is moist and there is no sun to evaporate excess water off plants and grass, your grass becomes extremely prone to diseases like, take-all and brown patch. Both grass disease can cost you lots of money and heartache.
The best time to water is during the morning hours just as the sun is coming up. It may be a little early for some of us, but your lawn will thank you later!
A lawn going through a drought is stressed. It’s hard to leave our lawns alone but the best way to save our lawns during a drought is to leave them alone other than watering of course. Try to mow as little as possible. Mow the grass high 3-4 inches. Do not fertilize this actually causes stress to the grass.
Marilyn Wier ABR, CIPS, CLHMS, CRS, GRI, SRES
RE/MAX Space Center 1150 Clear Lake City Blvd., Suite 100
Mobile: 713-542-8451 Tel: 281-204-1015 Fax: 281-488-2264
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