Battling Drought Conditions
Summer 2016 – The combination of a mild winter and dry spring has created challenging conditions for homeowners looking to maintain the health and appearance of their landscapes. SavATree is offering a series of tips to help bridge the gap until much needed moisture arrives.
If drought conditions persist across the country, homeowners can expect to see smaller leaf size, wilted or drooping foliage and scorching (browning) of leaves. In the case of turf grass, sustained drought conditions may lead to early dormancy which, if left unchecked, could result in insect damage, disease and potentially death of the lawn.
For trees and shrubs, SavATree advises watering under the “drip line” area where roots are most heavily concentrated. The addition of a biostimulant such as an Arborkelp treatment will also help to stimulate fibrous root development and increase the root cells’ ability to absorb water. For lawns, it’s essential to get irrigation systems up and running. If possible, water infrequently for longer periods of time to achieve the best results.
SavATree provides the following tips and recommendations:
- Water your lawn or garden longer and less frequently, preferably during the coolest part of the day.
- Have your soil tested for nutrient content. Water absorption and retention increases with soil quality.
- Utilize a slow-release fertilizer containing Nitrogen and Potassium that is activated by moisture. Apply it during drought so that nutrients are present when your lawn does receive water.
Trees & Shrubs:
- Use a slow flowing hose at the base, allowing water to seep into soil gradually and saturate the roots.
- Apply 2-4 inches of mulch around trees and shrubs to retain moisture and reduce weed growth.
- Irrigate your trees within the “drip line” to heighten stress tolerance.
- Have a professional inspect your trees and shrubs for signs of insect and disease activity.