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Lawn Drought Protection

In Australia, protecting your lawns from inevitable dry spells can save you money, time and heartache later.

During extreme heat, grass can go dormant and brown and dry off. This does not necessarily mean it is dead; it protects itself and conserves water. Generally, the grass will rebound when the temperature drops, adequate rainfall is present, and optimal growing conditions are present. However, ongoing heat and lack of moisture can cause permanent damage to your lawn if it is not supplemented by watering.

During times of prolonged drought:

  • Water your lawn with a deep soaking instead of frequent sprinklings.
  • Water early morning before the heat sets in and the water is lost to evaporation.
  • Add shade to your yard to protect the soil and lawn. Planting tall plants, shrubs and trees and having shade sails will help to protect and keep the soil and lawn cooler and preserve water.
  • Keep the lawn healthy all year round with regular fertilising. This will promote deep root systems and provide well-balanced soil, which will be a source of energy for the lawn through periods of drought.
  • Lifting the mower’s cutting height leaves the grass to grow longer during a drought. This will offer more shade for the soil and help encourage deep-growing root systems where they can find moisture from deep within the soil.
  • Once you mow, leave the grass clippings on the lawn. This will help shade your lawn and maintain moisture levels.
  • Choose a more drought-resistant turf, such as Buffalo or Zoysia, as they are better designed to cope and survive during drought conditions.

And, of course, if you want some additional help and advice on creating a drought-tolerant lawn or help with fertilising, watering or spraying, then the simplest solution is to let Fox Mowing look after it all for you.

And while we’re in your garden, we can do a lot of other stuff to get your garden looking and feeling its best.

We’re famous for lawn care and mowing and renowned for our top-quality approach, no matter how big or small your lawn is. Contact Fox Lawn Care Services today for professional lawn care without getting hot, working hard or wasting your precious time.

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