Hydration is a vital part of growing a healthy, green lawn because drought, or conditions such as Dry Patch, put stress on the soil ecosystem, and the lack of hydration causes the grass to weaken. It is important to consider your Drought Management options ahead of summer if your lawn is prone to these problems or particularly if you have a fast-draining soil.
Regular (but not excessive) watering is an extremely important part of your lawn care and drought management during the summer months, but sometimes depending on the soil conditions and weather, this may not be enough to sustain your lawn through a dry summer.
Dry Patch or Localised Dry Patch (LDP)
Despite regular watering and fertilising some lawns do not seem to recover, appearing dead or patchy in places. This could be a sign of Dry Patch or Localised Dry Patch (LDP), whereby the soil has become water-repellent or ‘hydrophobic’. Dry patch is not seen as a disease as such, but more of a condition.
Signs of LDP
A thorough Lawn Analysis is recommended if you think your lawn is suffering from LDP as this will include an assessment of the subsoil but a few signs are:
- Soil will not ‘re-wet’ and will be bone-dry under the surface.
- Water will simply run-off or sit on the surface and will not be absorbed by the soil.
- Dry, dead-looking patches of grass despite regular watering or rainfall.
What causes Dry Patch or LDP?
The cause of Dry Patch is not entirely clear, although it is widely believed to be more commonly caused by the build up of a fungi that coats the soil particles in a water-repellent layer, usually also found where there is heavier soil compaction and a thatch layer, which aids the growth of fungi.
Treatments for Dry Patch
Treatments for Drought – Wetting Agent
At So Green Lawn Care we recommend a Drought Management Treatment with our specially formulated HydratePlus Spray; a biodegradable wetting agent designed to maximise water penetration into the root system. Not only that, it can radically increase lawn fertiliser efficiency, restore vibrancy and help to quicken water uptake during dry periods.
Plan ahead with our Drought Management Treatment
If Dry Patch has been an issue in the past, or your lawn is prone to drought, our Drought Management Treatment can be easily incorporated into your So Green lawn care programme for optimum results as it supplements the treatments and maintenance we provide; supporting the absorption of applied fertilisers, providing quicker hydration to the root system and can be particularly effective after lawn treatments such as Scarification and Aeration.
A Drought Management Treatment can also be a great way to support the lawn after Overseeding or a complete Lawn Renovation because the key to establishing a new lawn when introducing new seeds is maintaining moisture levels to support and maximise successful germination.
Please note: This treatment does not replace the need for watering, it is purely a preventative against drought. Your lawn will still require regular watering. Find out how to keep your lawn hydrated.
How it works
As part of the Drought Management Treatment, our So Green Lawn Manager will use our HydratePlus Spray mixed with water in one of our knapsack sprayers and will then evenly distribute the treatment over your lawn.
What to expect
After this Drought Management treatment your lawn’s ability to hold onto water will have improved, especially after rain or watering, it will stay hydrated and greener for longer during dryer periods and so minimise the risk of drought damage and browning.
How to prepare
Yes, definitely, this is a Drought Management Treatment and will be most effective if you are able to water your lawn regularly because it does not actively provide water to your lawn and soil but instead helps with the retention and distribution of water to the most important areas such as the root zone. Additionally, during excessively dry periods the lawn will dry out even quicker, especially if your lawn is prone to drought, so it is still essential that you always water your lawn. Find out how to keep your lawn hydrated.
Brown or lightened patches can be a sign of drought damage. Checking moisture levels can also give you a better indication of whether you need further treatment. Push a screwdriver into the brown areas of lawn; if it is suffering from drought the screwdriver will be completely dry when removed. You can do this test again in greener, more hydrated areas of lawn and compare the results against the dry patches.
If you see brown patches on your lawn or know from previous summers that your lawn does not cope well during hot weather then our Drought Management Treatment could be the solution. Speak with one of our Lawn Managers for further advice.
This treatment is all about prevention but it can be hard to know year to year when exactly a dry period will hit so we advise starting this treatment from May onwards as that will ensure the HydratePlus Spray is applied and established in the soil before the dry period strikes.
– Early Summer – Late Summer
– Helps to prevent drought
– Avoid localised Dry Patch
– Support hydration and soil ecosystem
– HydratePlus Spray as part of the Drought Management Treatment
Request your Free Lawn Analysis
Before treating your lawn we will assess your lawn using our 12 Point Lawn Analysis. We will discuss the results with you and create a tailored lawn care programme that suits your lawn so you can make the most of your garden and leave the hard work to us.