Many grasses across Australia will suffer from drought or water restrictions at one stage or another. That’s why we have put together a few preparation tips to help you keep watering to a minimum.
Use wetting agents
Wetting agents are a great tool for water conservation and can be applied to new and existing lawns. Specifically, they are a type of detergent that attract water to the soil particles and are particularily useful in sandy soils especially after dry periods, but can be used on any soil to help water retention.
Munns have addressed this by including Munns Weta-Lawn and Garden (wetting agent) to their lawn seed mixes. You can also apply Munns Weta-Lawn and Garden to your existing lawn.
Monitor your mowing height
During long, dry periods when water is scarce, regardless of your lawn type, you should aim to keep it on the longer side. This not only reduces stress on the lawn, but also gives more shade to the soil beneath the lawn, in turn helping the water retention.
Adhere to water restrictions
As always through a drought, water restictions can affect many regions at various times. Please ensure you are adhering to the correct restrictions in your council area. See the water restrictions in your area here.
A tip - if water restrictions allow, morning watering is better than night due to prolonged periods of leaf wetness being a significant contributor to disease development.