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Albert

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Lack of rain killing my lawn
« on: June 04, 2011, 09:01:49 am »
Apart from regularly watering, does anyone have any tips on how I can keep my lawn alive during this drought.
I live in the South East and it hasnt rained for weeks.
Is  fertiliser a good idea?

I try to only water the lawn once a week as it costs too much because we are on a water meter.  (About £2.60 per m3)


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Re: Lack of rain killing my lawn
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2011, 12:45:11 pm »
It is always a good idea to keep the cut height at no lower than 25mm. 
Do not shave the lawn.

If you water once a week it will keep alive.

You would be surpirsed to see how little water the grass needs to stay green.
No need to leave sprinklers on for hours on end imo.


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Re: Lack of rain killing my lawn
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2011, 11:32:48 am »
There has been plenty of rain lately with more to come on Sunday!

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Re: Lack of rain killing my lawn
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2011, 11:35:47 pm »
I have fought this as well because we have a really wet spring and then a dry summer.  I do keep my lawn mowed at a good height.  However, a little water does go along way.  I also always try and mow the yard the day before it rains to capitalize on the upcoming rain as much as possible.  I have thought about some sort of watering system, but like you, I am on a water meter.  I'm thinking about looking online, to see if I can find someone to give me an estimate of a very basic system.  I'm thinking about just doing the front and sides and not the large backyard. 

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Re: Lack of rain killing my lawn
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2011, 08:49:45 am »
Have you thought about a system that uses stored rainwater from a water butt or something. 
All my water goes to a soakaway which could be converted to a tank of sorts with perhaps a pump in it.

Will the cost of electricity for the pump be more than the water cost from the mains though.

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Re: Lack of rain killing my lawn
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2011, 09:02:02 am »
If it is hard fro you to keep your lawn alive, think how difficult it is for house builders watering new turf during the hot weather. 
As soon as they stop watering it dries out. 

Have any recent new home buyers moved in without the turf being laid  due to hot weather?
I expect there will be quite a few as End of Year/Half Year figures madness season approaches at the end of June.
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Re: Lack of rain killing my lawn
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2011, 09:05:14 am »
We have had a good bit of rain lately so it has all recovered. 
Come to think about it, it is probably the best it has looked in mid July.
I re seeded the bare bits and thye are coming up nicely now too.