Lawn Care during a Drought

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The Midwest is suffering through the worst drought in the last half a century. It has wiped out entire crops and sent commodity prices for soybeans and corn to record highs. The year before the South suffered similar conditions that dried up entire rivers and shrunk lakes. So what is the average homeowner to do to keep a garden and lawn healthy during these times of rain despair?

What NOT to do during a Droughtproper maintenance of the lawn during a drought can make a huge difference

    • Fertilize – It may seem like the perfect time to fertilize is when the lawn or garden is suffering from lack of water. However, fertilizer can actually “burn” plants when it is dry and possibly lead to disease. Chemical fertilizers are composed of mineral salts that are intended to work in combination with water. Without water the buildup of salts will create a drying effect and further damage the lawn and garden.
    • Water Everyday – This point may seem the oddest. You would think keeping the plants consistently watered during a drought would be productive. But, the ground is harder to penetrate when it is dry. The light daily sprinkling will not reach the plant’s roots and promote weed growth and disease. Instead of watering daily, water two times a week for a longer period. Aim to add about an inch of water to help penetrate deeper into the soil. Set an empty tin can or small cup in the yard to verify an inch of water has been applied. And if you’re looking to conserve water, here’s some water smart landscaping tips.
    • Water Overnight – The worst time to turn on the sprinklers is right before night. Water that doesn’t penetrate the soil will keep the surface moist and promote fungal growth. The best time to water is early morning right before the sun comes up.
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Tyler Golberg

Tyler is the founder of Home Maintenance Tracker and a writer for HomeSpot HQ, an easy to use tool for managing maintence and projects for every house.