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How do I keep my lawn looking good during a drought?

With a dry summer and hosepipe ban predicted for the UK in 2010, is there a way to keep my grass looking good, rather than ending up dry and parched?



During the dryer summer months, it’s important to adjust your lawn maintenance habits.

According to Rolawn, Europe’s largest turf grower, the you can train lawns to use less water by reducing the amount of fertilizer recommended. This leads to less growth and less demand for water.

When mowing, it is recommended a maximum of one third of the leaf blade is removed at a time and the height is allowed to increase slightly. It is also very important to keep mower blades sharp, damaged grass blade edges turn brown quickly and make your lawn appear to need water. Most importantly, only cut when necessary, your lawn will slow or even stop growing in times of drought.

Research by Rolawn has highlighted that it is particularly important not to apply more water than the soil can hold in the root zone. A quick and easy way to test the moisture level is to push a long screwdriver into the ground – if you can do this easily to the depth of the roots then it has adequate moisture.

Rolawn e-mails out lawn care tips regularly, anybody can register on-line for these on The tips are specially produced for Rolawn by the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI), Europe’s leading independent research organisation in the sports and amenity turf industry.

Answered by Lorraine Willis from England, York in June-2010.
Lorraine Willis is a Marketing Executive for Rolawn Limited

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