- Grow your grass a little bit longer in summer. Taller grass holds water better and will stay greener for longer. Keep up with mowing to help control any weeds.
- Let the lawn go brown - it won’t die off completely but will spring back to life when it rains again.
- Service your lawnmower annually to keep the blades sharp —a clean cut helps reduce water loss from grass.
- Always use a timer with your sprinkler and position so the water lands on your garden, not paved areas or unsuspecting neighbours.
- Reduce the amount of lawn in your yard by planting shrubs and ground covers appropriate to your site and region.
- If laying a new lawn, consider warm season drought-resistant grasses that can withstand summer temperatures and don't need a lot of water or mowing. (Autumn or early spring is the best time to establish a new lawn. Don’t try to lay a new lawn during summer.)
- Consider using a natural soil enhancer like biochar (a form of charcoal) for your lawn and plants. Biochar helps build a stronger and deeper root system and can reduce the need to water by 40%.
Want to learn more ways to look after your lawn? Watch KJ the Turf Manager for FMG Stadium Waikato and Seddon Park as he shows you how to keep your lawn looking great in the hottest and driest part of the year.