Summer drought conditions in Central Maryland can be brutal. By the end of the summer, home and business owners here have tangible evidence of what the region’s scorching temperatures and reduced rainfall can do to their residential and commercial properties. Over an extended period of time, the lack of precipitation does more than just burn out the grass (although it does that too). Extended drought periods can place immeasurable stress on our properties, leaving it susceptible to pest infestations as well as a fungus or disease outbreak.
Yes, it’s common to see noticeable deterioration on your Central Maryland property toward the end of the summer. However, it’s important to know that you can slowly and methodically restore your yard back to health. Here are five proven tips to breathe new life into your yard after a drought.
Sometimes drought conditions mean that a water ban for home and business owners in the region has been instilled. However, once the restrictions have been lifted, it’s critical to start watering the grass again. Soaking your property restores lost moisture and helps promote new root growth as well. Water as early in the morning as possible to avoid the midday sun evaporating moisture before it has a chance to penetrate the soil.
Seasonal aeration can help improve the circulation of the soil, especially if it’s compacted and heavy with thatch. Puncturing holes in the lawn will redistribute nutrients and sunlight where it’s needed most. Most importantly, once you’ve aerated the property, the holes will absorb any available moisture found on the soil surface, giving your yard a much-needed drink.
Lawns in Central Maryland will require less mowing as the season draws to a close. However, it’s critical to keep mowing whenever necessary. Additionally, when you do mow, leave the clippings on the lawn to provide extra moisture. Finally, make sure your mower blades are sharp to prevent ripping the grass as you cut.
Stay Off The Grass
It’s crucial to minimize foot traffic on your lawn, both during and after the drought season. When things are hot and dry, even the slightest foot traffic can further compact the soil and prevent it from properly absorbing moisture. Taking a break from trampling through your property can help it faster absorb water and repair itself more quickly.
Hopefully, you’ve been using professional fertilization services throughout the summer to help your yard combat drought stresses during the season. However, if you haven’t, you may want to consider starting an abbreviated program that will help restore your property and get it ready for both the fall and winter season. You should also use this time as an opportunity to weed and spot treat any unwanted growth throughout the lawn as well.