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EXPERT OPINION Déjà vu …


EVER HAD THAT FEELING YOU’VE BEEN SOMEWHERE BEFORE? THAT’S THE FEELING I AM GETTING ABOUT THIS SUMMER.


Talking with my customers about watering it would appear most see it as a added value to the service I provide. Others, on the other hand consider it a waste of resource. I understand both sides of the debate and leave it with the customer to decide, having giving them the following advice and tips. As I write, our lawns are still not recovered from last year’s heatwave. This spring deposited very little, so what can be done to aid the recovery of our lawns and get that much need moisture back into the soil? How do we know when to start watering lawns? Should you bother watering.


Should you water? The grass plant consists of approximately 85% water, which alone proves that water is vital for a healthy lawn and they don’t bounce back, as some would like you to belive. As with all living things, water is key to survival. Most grasses that died last year were the species called Fescue - lovely grass but shallow rooting.


Signs of water starvations. If footprints in our lawns persist it is due to their inability to spring upright, which is due to a lack of water in its cells (a little like dehydrated skin which doesn’t flex back when pinched). The grass colour may become dull or brown.


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How Long to Water the Lawn. If you use a sprinkler, deposit about a 1⁄2 inch of water, twice per week. To know how long it takes to apply that amount of water, simply set out empty tuna cans to measure the deposit and determine the time needed to fill them to their brim. It could take between 15 and 30


minutes, depending on the type


of sprinkler you use. Also, sprinklers don’t always put water down evenly, so make sure water is going where it’s supposed to by checking to see the water levels in each tuna can are equal. It is better for the lawns to have a heavy watering irregularly than it is to give a lawn a light watering regularly. Frequent light watering encourages the lawn to grow shallow roots, reducing its ability to withstand drought conditions. Deep extensive roots discourage disease and aid plant health. Shallow roots will encourage thatch and disease.


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If you prefer not to water. Let your Lawn fall dormant. If drought conditions persist for an extensive period, and watering restrictions apply in your area, the only other alternative is to let the lawn go dormant and turn brown. Lawns are amazingly resilient and can tolerate dry conditions for up to 2 months, if left alone. Grass will bounce back when rainfall and cooler temperatures return, especially if it was well fed in the spring - although some reseeding may be required in parts of the lawn that have been exposed to heavy traffic or child play.


If you would like more personal advice on your lawn care, especially for the months ahead I’m a phone call away - 01462 512512, or you can email jon@lawn-rite.co.uk or visit my website www.lawn-rite.co.uk


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