You didn’t spend weeks tending to your lawn this spring just to watch it die away in the Texas summertime heat. So, if you’re looking for ways to help your lawn withstand the heat without wasting tons of water, the experts here at Purple Care have got you covered. Continue reading to learn our pro tips for using less water and maintaining your beautiful green lawn this summer.
Beat the Heat
As much as we all love our green lawns, drought conditions make it incredibly difficult to keep them looking good. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to take care of your lawn and prevent it from dying.
Many people like to keep their lawns short, which is actually a big mistake in hot areas with drought conditions. By trimming just the top third of your grass blades, leaving them approximately three inches long, you can seriously improve the health of your grass. These longer blades provide shade for your soil, which prevents it from drying up quickly under the afternoon sun.
Much like keeping your grass blades longer, mulch also helps to retain soil moisture. By covering the exposed soil with 3 inches of mulch, you are effectively preventing it from facing direct sunlight and enabling your grass to receive the water it needs to stay green. Without mulch, all the moisture in your soil evaporates, leaving your grass dehydrated.
Water at the Right Time
Watering in the middle of the day is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. Instead, it is best to water your lawn in the early morning or late evening, when it is outside. This minimizes the amount of evaporation, enabling your grass to receive the water it needs.
Most homeowners tend to water their lawns far too frequently. It is actually best to water your lawn less frequently for longer periods of time. You should water your lawn 3-4 times each week for 10-15 minutes.
Feed Your Lawn
Fertilizing is one of the most important things you can do for your lawn. Fertilizer provides the nutrients that your lawn needs to grow strong, deep roots and resist heat and drought conditions. This means that your grass will require less watering than a lawn that hasn’t been fertilized.
Consider Drought-Resistant Grass
There are a variety of grasses that are more likely to survive drought conditions. That means that you won’t need to use as much water to keep them green.
Some of the most drought-resistant grasses include:
- Tall Fescue
- St. Augustine grass
- Buffalo grass
- Scutch grass
- Festuca glauca
- Sheep fescue
- Centipede grass
Purple Care Is Here to Help
With over 30 years of service experience, the team here at Purple Care has the tools and expertise necessary to take care of your entire yard. From lawn maintenance to landscaping to tree maintenance to pest control, we offer complete yard services. We have developed the best methods that overcome the unique challenges and conditions of our climate, so you can rest easy knowing your yard is in the hand of the most qualified individuals. Our main goal is to turn your yard into the perfect oasis for you and your family.
To learn how we can help maintain your beautiful landscape, call (817) 369-3138 or contact our team online. We look forward to serving you!