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Watering the Lawn
Drought resistance qualities of cool-season grasses
Water is a scarce resource and most cool-season grasses, such as Kentucky blue, rye and fescue, can withstand drought for several weeks without damage. Most lawns in northern states have cool-season grasses, and the most environmentally friendly thing to do is not to water the lawn.
Healthy, well-established lawns are the best prepared to tolerate drought conditions. Without water, the grass eventually goes dormant, turning brown and staying that way until revived with adequate moisture.
In general, grass can go up to six weeks without water, depending on the condition of the lawn, soil and other environmental factors. It takes about two weeks of adequate moisture to revive dormant lawns.
Greening up dormant grass
Some people mistakenly fertilize the lawn in the summer to try to keep it green. However, according to university research, you should never fertilize a cool-season grass in the summer regardless of whether or not you water the lawn. Also, don’t use pesticides on the lawn if it is not being watered. Pesticides may stress dormant grass. Always read and follow label directions.
If you decide to water the lawn, here are some tips to do it right:
Make a decision about watering or not watering the lawn and stick with it.
Greenview Fairway Formula Grass Seed includes a variety of cool season grasses that have been specially bred for drought resistance.