Managing the lawn in dry and warm weather conditions

How to take care of your lawn and restore it to its former glory following extremely hot temperatures.

Following the recent dry and warm weather conditions with extreme temperatures, lawns across the UK are suffering from a lack of rainfall. As a result, we are starting to see the stress on the grass plant, as the effect of the lack of water and high temperatures take hold and the vibrantly green leaf starts to dull and become more straw-coloured. This is naturally a concerning sight, and not the state you want your lawn to be in. Managing all treatments during and immediately after drought conditions is important if further damage to the grass plant is to be prevented.

We would like to reassure you that this is only a temporary change in the quality of the lawn condition, and is in part a result of the plant protecting itself from further damage. As the weather continues to break this week and we see meaningful rainfall, and through the careful management of treatments, there will be a full recovery. But it may be necessary to carry out specific treatments to optimise the recovery of your lawn.

What treatments will restore a dried-out lawn?

  • In reducing the effects of stress on the grass plant, you may need to change the next fertiliser application, possibly using a liquid feed. You may even need to delay the treatment until conditions improve.
  • Furthermore, carrying out the process of irrigation will prevent most stresses on the grasses and will allow for the normal fertiliser to be applied, although at a reduced rate. As lawn care specialists with over 30 years of experience as leaders in the lawn care industry, we would encourage this wherever possible, ahead of any hosepipe restrictions.

NOTE: When hosepipe bans are in place, it can be useful to have a source of water from a water butt.

What to do

Initially, after rainfall, and when fresh green shoots can be seen at the base of the grass plant, a moderate level of nutrients should be applied to the lawn in avoiding further plant stress. All fertiliser can be applied at a rate of 20-25g per m2, before increasing the application of nitrogen, phosphate and potash during the next treatment. This should see a return to the more seasonal 30-35g per m2, as by this time the regeneration process will have commenced, and the plant will respond further to the boost provided by the additional nutrients. At this time, we would also advise on the lawn being aerated, as this will increase air and moisture reaching the roots, aiding the uptake of water and nutrients into the plant. This will further reduce the stress on the grasses and increase both growth and colour, allowing for a speedy recovery of the lawn surface back to its vibrant best.

When looking at the current condition of your lawn, it’s important to remember that it is all subject to change, and that given the right treatment and care – your lawn can and will recover. To return to top condition, your lawn may require treatment from the professionals.

By finding your nearest TruGreen business today, you can book a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our many lawn care specialists across the UK, who will carry out a 14-point analysis on your lawn. This will allow them to best assess the quality of your lawn and draw up a treatment plan to suit you. With the current conditions, this will likely include the aforementioned fertiliser application and aeration services, but should your turf require extra care or treatment, we will be able to spot it right away. Consulting with our experts also means that you will be able to receive even more expert advice on how to nurse your dehydrated lawn back to health from some of the UK’s leading lawn care specialists.

Return your heat-damaged lawn to its former glory. Call TruGreen professional lawn care on 0800 021 3074 today.

Written by Tom Page, Digital Content Writer