Watering your lawn deeply and infrequently in summer heat will encourage deeper root growth, making the lawn more resilient to heat and drought. This can help to keep the lawn healthy, green, and reduce water loss. It also helps to reduce the risk of pests and diseases, which can be especially important during the summer months when the lawn is already stressed.
Here are our top 10 tips for keeping your lawn lush and beautiful in the New Zealand summer heat!
- Watering your lawn:
Watering your lawn deeply and infrequently rather than shallowly and frequently, encourages deeper root growth, which makes your lawn more resilient to heat and drought. This means water for longer periods of time, but less frequently.
- Mow at the right height:
Mowing your lawn at the highest recommended height for your grass type helps to shade the roots and retain moisture. It also allows the grass to grow a deeper root system.
- Return clippings to soil:
Using a mulching mower to return clippings to the soil provides natural fertiliser for the lawn, which can help to keep it healthy during the summer heat.
- Slow-release fertiliser in the summer:
Applying a slow-release fertiliser in the summer provides a steady supply of nutrients to the lawn over a longer period of time, which can help it to stay healthy and green during the hot summer months.
- Aerating your lawn:
Aerating the lawn involves using a machine or tool to create small holes in the soil, which can help to improve water and nutrient absorption, and promote deeper root growth.
- Remove Thatch:
Removing thatch, which is a buildup of dead grass and other debris, can help to improve water and nutrient absorption, and promote deeper root growth.
Keeping an eye out for pests and diseases, and treating them promptly, can help to prevent damage to your lawn, which can be especially important during the summer heat when the lawn is already stressed.
- Provide Shade:
Providing shade for your lawn by planting trees or installing shading structures can help to reduce the amount of direct sunlight that the lawn receives, which can help to keep it cooler and reduce water loss.
- Grass seed:
Using drought-tolerant grass seed or sod can help to reduce the amount of water that your lawn needs to stay healthy during the summer heat.
- Soil moisture sensor:
Using a soil moisture sensor to monitor the water needs of your lawn can help you to ensure that you are providing the right amount of water for your lawn, and can help to prevent overwatering.