Whether you live in a dry climate or are just experiencing a particularly dry season, it's important to pay attention to proper practices when mowing grass during a drought. In the hot, dry summer months, the natural tendency of your lawn is to go dormant and stop growing. This is what causes it to turn brown, and unless you have extreme heat or neglect to water it, the lawn will come back to life in the fall. However, if you're like most homeowners, you don't want an unsightly brown lawn as the backdrop for your summer barbeques. So, you may want to check out these tips to create a healthy, green, drought-tolerant lawn.
There are three main things you can do to keep your lawn looking bright and green, even in a dry season. The first is to choose the right seed, the second, to mow correctly and the third, to water properly. Of course there are tactics you can use to bring your lawn back to health (though most professionals say to let your lawn stay dormant once it has dried), but we'll be focusing on the preventative measures you can take to keep your grass thriving in spite of the dry spell.
If you live in a warm climate, it may make sense to seed your lawn with a warm-season grass like Fescue. You can also mix this with other seed variations for a fuller, three-season lawn if you reside somewhere more temperate. Just make sure you increase the amount of Fescue in the spring. This will help create a more drought-tolerant lawn as Fescue requires less water to grow and fills in densely, providing shade to the soil that keeps it from drying out as quickly.
The cut setting on your mower and the sharpness of your MTD lawn mower blades play a large role in maintaining your lawn. Since the grass isn't growing, or is growing at a much slower rate, it's even more important to follow the 1/3 rule when cutting so you don't stress the lawn further. Raise your cut setting as high as it goes and when you cut, leave the clippings on the lawn to provide shade and fertilizer. Then, make sure your lawn mower blades are sharp. Old, dull blades can rip and tear at grass, making what is already stressed from the heat susceptible to disease and loss of moisture. This will turn your grass brown in a hurry.
If you follow these tips, you?ll be able to maintain your lawn in a way that will keep it healthy in a dry season.