In very hot weather your lawn turf will have a tendency to dry out and may turn brown. Although this doesn’t look very aesthetically pleasing don’t worry – it takes a lot more than a bit of dry weather to leave lasting damage! Only a very severe drought would kill off your roll on turf so in most situations, after a bit of rainfall, your turf will revive itself.
However it is always best to plan ahead when dry weather is on the horizon. Our roll on lawn turf, with its fescue grasses, is more resistant to water shortages than some other finer blends of grass but even so it is always best to take extra car of it during the drier summer months.
All lawns require watering during dry weather but depending on their age their needs may vary:
- Newly created roll on lawns – these require a thorough initial watering followed by regular daily watering, soaking right through to the soil beneath – provided there are no hosepipe restrictions in force. It is worth assessing watering constraints before looking to lay your lawn as even high quality turf will need good watering in the first stages of establishment.
- Established garden lawns – these turf lawns are already established and can reach in to the soil for their water supply. However once the soil becomes dry in the summer months they will require watering so that the grass doesn’t start to go brown. If the dry weather has caused the ground to go hard then you can spike it with a garden fork to help the water soak through in to the soil.
The best times to water your lawn turf are in the early morning, evening or even night-time, to reduce the effect of evaporation.
A bit of cautionary advice
Don’t apply too much water – this can make your lawn turf less drought-tolerant, which could be a problem during hosepipe bans. Warm, soggy grass also provides the optimum conditions for disease and moss growth which we want to avoid. Watering once a week should be sufficient.
Don’t use weed killer on turf that has been affected by drought -delay application until the following spring, when the grass and weeds are back to their normal healthy selves, otherwise the chemicals may damage the already weakened roll on turf.