We know it’s so easy to forget about your lawn during the summer. It’s hot – who wants to go out there? Besides the lawn experts at Green Meadow Landscapes, we can assure you, most people don’t. Here are a few tips for avoiding long recovery times after a drought in the MidSouth/Memphis area!
- Invest in sprinklers and timers. It may sound eccentric, but the weather behavior in Memphis is even worse. Long periods of no rain can result in damage that takes years to reverse.
- Don’t feed the lawn! Or at least not excessively. As a natural defense against drought, lawns slow their growth to accommodate to the nutrients around them.
- Use the grass clippings from mowing to give the lawn a kick of extra nutrients and protection against the sun.
Keeping your lawn maintained during the summer drought isn’t as intimidating as it sounds, it just takes a little bit of preparation and planning! Deep watering every now and then combined with plenty of nutrients for your lawn should keep it looking healthy and will definitely help it survive any long-term stress.
In addition to maintaining your lawn with the proper steps through a summer drought, you should consider an annual lawn treatment plan. Green Meadow Landscapes provides an annual treatment plan at an affordable rate, defending your lawn from pests and diseases that can occur easily during a drought or time of lack of nutrients. Call 901.854.4148 for more info!
More common than you think, lawns are often filled with holes and hills just asking for someone to break and ankle in or trip over. These are mostly a result from our previously discussed flooding issues with your lawn*. However, these can also cause some troublesome times for your precious grass. Holes make for grass that is under-exposed to sunlight and it doesn’t get cut, so its absorbing excess nutrients. Mowing over hills causes you to scalp the lawn, cutting the grass much too short.
Easiest solution? Fill them in or flatten them out! Having even grounds will help keep you or your family safe while keeping your lawn healthy and looking its best.
*last months blog post!
Is your lawn, or perhaps someone’s you’ve seen being affected by low, vulnerable flood spots?
I’m sure you’ve seen them, or had the poor misfortune of walking right into one without noticing it was there. Flood spots in lawns are all too common, but can unfortunately produce some real damage if not taken seriously.
Excessive flooding is typically bad, but having standing water in one place that is possibly next to your home could mean bad news – not only for your lawn but for your home.
In the most serious cases, foundation damages can occur like cracks or breaks, leading to possible structural damage. While this is less common, it is no less a reality and should not be taken lightly!
Other, more noticeable and common problems that standing water can cause are bug breeding grounds, lawn suffocation, and grass loss. Applying fertilizer and seed to your lawn after flooding season may be necessary to spark proper growth.
Check out this great article on what to do if your Bermuda Grass-based lawn has been damaged by a flood. If you have any expert advice, submit your suggestion!