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Keeping Lawn Alive in Drought

Keeping Lawn Alive in Drought

Hey everyone, it’s Victoria here! Last week I attended a two-day social media and marketing course in Mudgee. The seminar was organised by Claudia from Watershed Landcare, and located at the Little Cooking School Mudgee, where I was able to soak in all the wisdom Sophie Hansen had to offer (check her out guys, she’s amazing! > “My Open Kitchen” or Instagram). I had the absolute pleasure of meeting some amazing business women in our Central West area to share ideas and inspire one another to learn, grow and connect. Among a whole host of very knowledgeable people, I got chatting to Rowena Petrie from Royston Petrie Seeds. She gave me some wonderful tips on keeping my grass alive (maybe not green but ALIVE) through this current drought we’re facing and I thought I would share these great ideas with you!

  1. Aerate: aerating your lawn essentially involves punching holes in the ground of your lawn. This will allow any moisture that falls to go directly to the roots of your lawn (minimising the chance of moisture being evaporated on the surface of the soil). There are various ways to aerate your lawn; aerating sandals, manually with a pitch fork, spiked roller, or hire a specialised aerator. Choose a method to suit your lawn area & budget.
  2. Water Saving Crystals: These can be purchased from your local hardware/gardening store. Sprinkling water saving crystals onto your aerated lawn will help to retain any moisture that falls by capturing and storing water at the root zone of your lawn.
  3. Mulching: did you know you can mulch your lawn the same as you mulch your garden bed? Mulch traps moisture in the soil and keeps the grass cooler. As it decomposes, it also acts as a natural fertilizer. You can purchase any dry mulch from a local nursery/hardware store. Or a cheaper way to mulch is to mow your lawn WITHOUT a catcher. However during a drought/summer, make sure you set the height of your mower higher than normal to avoid stressing your lawn and exposing it to the heat.

Follow these tips in the order they’re mentioned and hopefully this should help preserve your lawn throughout these coming hot summer months and take advantage of any rain that does fall #onedayclosertorain

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