This summer’s combination of record-beating temperatures and lack of rain has taken its toll on Britain’s gardens. With plants scorching in the heat and the run of dry weather affecting germination and growth, grow-your-own enthusiasts have found it a demanding year. Grass has also been affected by this hot, dry summer, leaving gardeners wondering how to restore lawn after drought. If your lawn is looking lack-lustre, these tips will help you get it back to its best.
Prepare the Soil
Brown, patchy gardens can be an eyesore and a sizzling summer and general wear and tear takes its toll. If you’re wondering how to bring back lawn after drought, the answer is that you will need to sow new seed and preparing the seed bed will give it the best chance of success. Clear your lawn of debris such as stones, rocks, and leaves before digging and turning over the soil. Rake the area, removing any further debris.
Aerate the Soil
Lack of water causes lawns to become compacted, making it hard for seeds to germinate. Using a fork to prick your lawn will allow the soil to aerate providing better growing conditions.
Water and Feed
Dry soil will require watering to create the moist conditions necessary for germination and growth, so soak the soil regularly for a week or two. When the soil is moist it can be treated with a nitrogen-rich fertiliser – a slow-release fertiliser is an excellent choice to keep your lawn thriving over the coming months. Remember to water the area after fertilising to allow the soil to absorb the nutrients.
Time to Reseed
Anyone wanting to know how to repair lawn after drought will be expecting to reseed, and once the soil has been prepared, aerated, watered, and fed it is time to sow your grass seed. Wait a fortnight after applying fertiliser and check the weather forecast as temperatures below 10c will affect germination. Late summer and early autumn are usually an ideal time to sow grass seed so sprinkle the seed before covering with 0.5cms of soil. Rake the area and firm down by treading in the seed. Water thoroughly.
Caring for Your Newly Seeded Lawn
Unsurprisingly, one tip for anyone wondering how to revive a lawn after drought is to ensure it is sufficiently watered. Do not allow it your lawn to dry out. Grass seed is like any other seed – it needs water to germinate and thrive. Once grass shoots appear you might be tempted to mow your new lawn but wait until it is well-established before getting out your lawnmower. New blades of grass are delicate and need to develop strong roots before mowing. Wait until the blades are 5cm tall and then cut on a setting that will leave a good covering of grass. Avoid close cutting as it can damage your new lawn.
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