An irrigation sprinkler watering a garden. Bur...

An irrigation sprinkler watering a garden. Bursa / Turkey. Photographed: 120 fps. Display: 10 fps(100ms) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

DROUGHT AND YOUR LAWN

with this ridiculously warm weather, it’s ever more likely the ‘drought’ will continue and a hose pipe ban will come into force, countywide.
TIPS ON HOW TO BEAT THE DROUGHT
1 WATER YOUR LAWN NOW It might seem silly, but everyone is rushing to the pumps to fill up with fuel before it runs out so why not water your lawn now before the water runs out. DO NOT DO IT DURING THE… DAY. Wait until the sun is completely off your lawn, add half an hour then put the sprinkler on. General rule of thumb, 5 to 10 minutes for every 25m square.
2 GET A WATER BUTT Again, seems silly when we are not getting any rain, but when it does come, catch as much as you can to use with a watering can.
3 CUT YOUR GRASS LONGER You can adjust the height of the cut on your lawn mower. If normally you cut using the 3rd lowest cut, raise it by one or two full notches. One is generally enough, but if we have continued heat and dry, consider two. Don’t just leave your grass to grow. Cut it at regular intervals, just don’t take so much off. If we have mad conditions that last for months, your lawn will suffer, but it will come back much quicker and much healthier than others that don’t follow these tips.
4 DON’T LEAVE STUFF ON YOUR LAWN Footballs, pots, wheelbarrows, chairs, etc. At the best of times, you shouldn’t leave anything in one place on your lawn for more than 3 days anyway. In these conditions, take all the bits off and leave them off. Your lawn will love you for it.
5 JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN’T USE A HOSE DOESNT MEAN YOU CAN’T WATER YOUR GRASS Just use a watering can. Time consuming and laborious but set aside one evening a week and treat your grass to a drink. I hope these are useful for you, LIKE if they are and share it with your friends so they can beat the weather as well.
I’m laying a new lawn this week and I’m keeping a full video diary – the first of the videos should appear on YouTube at the weekend. Until the next time, enjoy the sunshine. Keep drinking water too, you need it just as much as your lawn does. Nick
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About nickbarban

RHS Qualified Horticulturalist and Garden Coach. I have been maintaining, designing and buidling gardens since 2002. With the company's 10 year anniversary coming up this year Im planning a whole host of stuff to give back, including blogging. Im here to answer your questions, give advice and just natter about anything to do with your garden. I'll be posting pictures and video and Id likr to see your gardens too. Nick Barban

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