How A Landscaper Can Help Your Lawn During Drought Season

Posted on: 16 January 2018

You spend a great deal of time and money to establish and care for your turfgrass lawn. When you have a busy work schedule, it is hard to care for the specific needs of every plant during a drought. A local landscape service has both the people and equipment to help keep your entire landscape healthy during a drought. Aside from regular mowing to keep your grass using as little water as possible, try these five tips for a drought resistant lawn.

Reinstalling Sensitive Plants to Better Locations

Many plants can handle drought conditions as long as they're in the right conditions. Partial shade makes it easier for many sensitive landscaping plants to survive lower amounts of water. The sun can be really detrimental to plants, and poor soil further compounds the sun scalding and dehydration problem. A landscaper can relocate plants that need to be in shaded areas of your property and improve the soil to hold more water to their roots.

Installing Rain Catchment Equipment

Many people lose their lawns or experience partial grass loss due to lack of water during water bans. One way around local limitations is to install your own reservoir that catches water from the gutters of your house. A landscaper can even install a natural water-catching retaining pond on the lowest part of your property, complete with a pump and live plants, to provide plenty of water for your lawn.

Installing Irrigation

Regardless of your water source, you should have a water saving irrigation system installed to make the most of each drop. In drip irrigation, the water is only supplied to the roots instead of being sprayed all over the whole plant. This prevents waste due to evaporation and can keep your lawn healthier as well. A lawn service can set the irrigation system to activate during times approved under your local watering ban and monitor the total gallons used. This will ensure your lawn and landscaping plants will last the drought.

Installing a Drainage System

When you lawn drains correctly, all of the plants get what they need without being over watered either. A skilled landscaper can even have your new drain system feed back into your irrigation system to save the most water. This also keep valuable nutrients add to your lawn from washing away down a storm drain every time you irrigate or when it rains.

Installing Shade Screens

If you like your landscape the way it is and don't want anything relocated or replaced, you can try having shade cloth mounted in areas where sun and heat are too intense. The right kind of shade cloth allows plenty of light through while still cooling an area and preventing sun scald on sensitive plants. Shade cloth also prevents evaporation and soil drying, helping you water less during a drought.

For more information, contact a business such as Heritage Lawn & Landscape LLC.

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