Have you noticed that the grass is brown on your side of the fence? You’re not alone!
All across the country, from Antigonish to Abbotsford, there’s been a growing trend among Canadian homeowners. It seems that every summer, as the temperature climbs, having the greenest lawn on the block takes a backseat to water conservation and lawns begin to grow brown and brittle.
While there are still plenty of homeowners tending to their green spaces, there is a growing contingent of Canadian’s who simply don’t invest the time, money, or water required to keep their grass green.
“[…]the thirsty, high-maintenance North American lawn has been vilified as a decadent resource sink, waste of time or symbol of neighbourhood conformity.” (National Post)
Unfortunately, allowing your grass to dry out can seriously detract from your home’s curb appeal. No matter how beautiful your home may be, if the lawn is dried out and patchy, that’s pretty much all anyone is going to notice.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of ways to keep your lawn looking its best, even when your time and budget are limited and you haven’t had rain for days (or even weeks).
1. Let it Grow. Let it Grow
Cutting the lawn too short is probably one of the most common mistakes homeowners make. As lawn and garden expert, Mark Cullen wrote in an article for New in Homes, the longer blades of grass, the longer roots. Longer roots can reach deeper for moisture on days when the surface is hot and dry.
2. Install Lawn Sprinklers
Automatic lawn sprinklers aren’t as common in Canada as they are in parts of the US. However, if you have a sizeable piece of property, you’ll find that an automatic watering system can save you both time and money. That’s because the settings on a high-quality sprinkler system will allow you to ensure that your lawn isn’t over-watered.
An inground sprinkler system also means that you can have a healthy lawn without wasting your mornings and weekends watering it.
According to Landscape Ontario, unhealthy amounts of thatch prevent water and nutrients from reaching the roots. This means that without a good raking, when you do water, and even if there is a good rain, your lawn doesn’t benefit.
4. Use a Mulching Lawn Mower
A mulching lawn mower automatically adds the grass clipping to your lawn. This provides a natural source of extra nutrients, and good nutrition is especially key during periods of extreme heat and dryness.