Does your lawn turn brown and dry during hot summer months?
Grass is an extremely hardy plant and can tolerate very difficult growing conditions. Living in just the top surface of the soil, a grass plant will always be the first to suffer during any drought period.
In the UK, lawns are planted with cool season type grasses which don’t tolerate hot weather very well. When the weather becomes too hot (over 24 degrees Celsius) or we experience a prolonged period without rain, the grass may turn brown and patchy. If the warm weather is prolonged, it may develop “Dry Patch”, a disease which turns the soil hydrophobic and actually makes it repel moisture.
A water conserver treatment is a sophisticated blend of long and short-term wetting and spreading agents. These surfactants break down the waxy coating that surrounds the individual soil particles. This allows the available water to penetrate the soil much more efficiently, curing areas previously affected by dryness and “Dry Patch”.
This treatment, combined with regular watering will help keep your lawn looking lush and green throughout hot summer days.
During hot weather, lawns will also benefit greatly from a summer spiking aeration treatment, prior to applying a water conserve.
Information about the water conserver treatment
Benefits of the water conserver
- It helps the soil retain available moisture during hot weather.
- Helps the lawn resist drought.
- Keeps the grass green during hot days.
- Can be applied all year round.
Disadvantages of the water conserver
- For the treatment to be most effective, the lawn needs to be watered well very soon after treatment so that the waxy coating on the soil particles can be broken down and the soil is able to more easily absorb moisture.
Recommended time of year for application
The water conserver treatment is applied in the summer months before or during a period of hot or dry weather.
Weather conditions needed for application
The water conserver can be applied in any weather condition, although it works best in a period of dry weather.
There is no preparation needed before the water conserver treatment and it can be applied alongside the regular treatments.
Time needed to apply the treatment
It is a liquid spray treatment, so doesn’t take long to apply, although this will depend on the size of your lawn!
There is no waste from this treatment.
It is recommended that the lawn is watered well shortly after this treatment as it helps the flow of moisture through the soil.
Additional recommended treatments
A summer spiking aeration treatment is an excellent treatment to combine with a water conserver. Opening up the soil will help water penetrate, and improve root take up of moisture.