6 simple tips to keep your lawn green during hot weather

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As the UK prepares for a potential 'super heatwave' expected to arrive this month, Brits are getting ready for long, sunny days spent lounging in their gardens. However, maintaining a green and healthy lawn throughout the summer can be a challenging task, particularly as temperatures rise and lawns dry out faster.

To assist, London-based waste removal company Rainbow Rubbish Removals has offered some valuable advice on how to keep your lawn vibrant this summer. Before you begin any lawn maintenance, it's essential to check if there are any hosepipe bans or water restrictions in your area.

This can be done by visiting your local water supplier's website to ensure you're using water responsibly. The first tip involves how often to water your lawn.

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1. Water grass deeply and less often

This encourages deeper root growth, making your lawn more drought-resistant. Aim to water early in the morning or late at night to minimise evaporation, reports the Express.

Soaker hoses and drip irrigation systems are excellent choices as they deliver water directly to the soil. These methods help reduce evaporation and target the root zone, reducing water waste and the risk of overwatering.

They also promote healthier plant growth and decrease the risk of fungal diseases.

2. Consider using organic mulch

Using organic mulch, such as grass clippings or shredded leaves, can also be beneficial. Mulch is a great way to keep soil moist, ward off weeds, regulate soil temperature, and enhance soil fertility.

3. Aerate your lawn

Aerating your lawn can also improve soil drainage and root health by allowing water, nutrients, and oxygen to penetrate deeply into the soil.

The best time to aerate your lawn is one or two days after a rain shower, when your soil is still moist. Most people choose to aerate in spring.

Aerate the lawn using your chosen tool. If it's a spike aerator, make at least two passes over the yard, each in a different direction. If using a plug aerator, just one pass is needed.

4. Don't mow too short

The experts advise setting your mower blades to a higher level, allowing grass to grow taller. This provides natural soil shade, reduces evaporation, and promotes deeper root growth.

Regular mowing, depending on grass growth rate, keeps your lawn healthy. With many local councils now charging for garden waste removal, consider employing a waste collection service to clear away garden waste during the spring and summer months.

5. Think about your grass type

Consider drought-resistant grass varieties like Bermuda grass, Zoysia grass, or tall fescue. These species require less water to thrive, making them ideal for sustainable lawn care in regions prone to water scarcity or drought conditions.

Fill in bare spots with grass seed to maintain a dense turf cover, reducing water loss through evaporation and preventing soil erosion.

6. Shade is important

Planting trees or installing shade structures can protect your lawn from direct sunlight, reducing water loss through evaporation. This creates a cooler microclimate, decreasing the need for frequent watering while maintaining grass health.