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Homeowners and Lawn Care Professionals Need to Work Together on Drought

02 Jul 2012 5:00 PM | IPLLA Admin (Administrator)


Homeowners and Lawn Care Professionals Need to Work Together on Drought

Contact: Bob Andrews
Email: admin@iplla.com
Phone: 317-575-9010

Indianapolis, Indiana, July 2, 2012:  Both homeowners and lawn care operators can, and should work together to prepare drought stressed properties for maximum recovery this fall.  This word comes from Bob Andrews, Executive Director of the Indiana Professional Lawn and Landscape Association.  From Indianapolis to Evansville, drought conditions are worse than the previously reported dry weather of 1988. All of Indiana has been adversely affected.

According to Andrews, caring for your lawn is not business as usual.  Lawns and landscapes each require some attention if they are to recover uniformly this fall.  Your Indiana Professional Lawn & Landscape Members list some helpful hints.

1. No matter what you read or hear, lawn grass does not go into dormancy and then automatically come back.  Most lawns in Indiana are made up of Kentucky Bluegrass and will begin to die if left without any moisture for six to seven weeks.  This problem is exasperated by high temperatures. Thus some water is required.

2. During drought, water the lawn deeply once or twice a week.  Watering once a week for 40 minutes in each sprinkler location will go a long way towards keeping the lawn’s root system alive.

3. Concentrate watering on sodded sections of your lawn, high traffic areas, or areas that receive little or no shade.

4. Water very early in the morning if at all possible.  During drought conditions, you can also water at night or when pressure is at its highest.

5. Do not mow the lawn unless it is absolutely required.  Cutting it too frequently, or at too low a level, removes much needed leaf blades which act to retain what moisture is available.

6. Maintain some fertility.  All fertilizers are not the same and your lawn care professional will work with you to provide the lawn with a slow release type of fertilizer in order to provide the plant with proper nutrients during periods of stressful weather.

“High heat and drought changes the rules of how we need to deal with a growing plant” says Andrews.  "Working with your local lawn care professional is the best way to see to it that your lawn and landscapes recover to their maximum potential this fall."

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