We’ve had a long, dry summer. There was very little rain in June, July was very hot, and August combined both heat and dryness into a punishing summer scorcher for our lawns. Water is in short supply throughout our region, and some towns are actually in danger of running out of water for people to use in their homes.
These drought conditions can be very tough on your lawn. Some varieties of grass, such as Bermuda, are tough enough to stand up to the heat and dry for a while, but they’re being put to the test by this prolonged drought. Other types of grass that aren’t as hardy just don’t stand a chance. So there you are, standing in your Hingham yard, looking at your scorched lawn, wondering what to do about the brown, crunchy grass and bare patches of earth.
Step one is taking a deep breath. There are many things we can control in this world, but the amount of rain that falls from the sky is not one of them. The entire region is suffering with this weather, so if you’re worried about how your lawn compares to the rest of the neighborhood, rest assured, you’re not alone.
Step two is to call your Hingham landscaping contractor. This year’s a done deal: the time is now to plan and plant for a better lawn next year. Here are some things you will want to talk to them about: determining if your grass is truly dead or just dormant. Dormant grass will come back to life when the rains return, while dead grass stays dead. If you have dead grass, plan on reseeding your lawn. Choose a very hardy drought resistant variety of grass, or consider drought-hardy native plantings. Fertilizing and feeding your lawn continues to be important as well. Taking these steps now will help make next year better.