Amid the 2020 drought, you’ll want to do what you can to preserve the health of your lawn. As you do, you can protect not only your landscaping but your foundation, basement, or crawl space as well.
Take a gander through your lawn care and drought checklists and see for yourself what steps you can take to protect your home.
Pre-Drought Care Checklist
If you have time to prepare your lawn for poor weather, you’ll want to make the most out of your available resources. You can protect your landscaping and foundation from the effects of dry weather by:
- Installing an irrigation system – It is actually to your benefit to expose the soil around your home to water on a regular basis. Instead of rushing straight for your foundation, this water will invigorate your soil and keep it healthy, even as the weather starts to dry out. As such, you can prevent the soil from heaving and your foundation from suffering unnecessary damage.
- Planting drought-resistant plants and grass – If you invest in hardy plants and grasses, you can ensure your yard has the available root structures to remain supported, even as your soil particles shrink in size.
- Assessing the state of your dirt – You’ll also want to know what kind of soil you’re working with when determining what drought-safety measures you’ll want to invest in. Most homes in Denver, CO, for example, have some bentonite soil in their yards. This soil is great for protecting your home from rain damage, but it can cause a lot of problems when the weather starts to dry out.
Speaking of drought-safe landscaping: if you’re in the market for drought-resistant grasses and plants, some of the best include:
- Sheep fescue
- Buffalo grass
- Canada bluegrass
Mid-Drought Care Checklist
Sometimes, you’re not able to prepare your lawn for the worst a drought can throw at you. Luckily, you can react to drought while it’s going on around you. Some of the best ways to work to keep your lawn safe include:
- Track your drought’s conditions – You’ll want to keep up to date on the lack of rain in your area by consulting local news channels and trackers throughout the state.
- Listen to your lawn – Your lawn will also let you know when things have gone amiss. Keep an eye out for signs of die-off or cracks in your soil. As such, you can respond to signs of damage as they appear.
- Limit your mowing – While it may be tempting to mow your lawn consistently, for appearance’s sake, you’ll want to give your lawn all of the support it can get. Try to reduce your mowing by half as the drought carries on. This way, the grasses in your lawn can protect your soil.
- Do not try to bring the green back – It can be tempting, in the midst of a drought, to try and reinvigorate your lawn. While you can and should respond to situational damage, especially that which may appear near your home, do not try and reinvigorate the whole of your lawn until the rains come back again.
Post-Drought Care Checklist
Finally, when the drought breaks, you can begin to repair your lawn. The best ways to do so include:
- Audit your lawn – Take into account what all has happened to your lawn over the course of the drought. This way, you can determine which areas have been hit the worst and which, in turn, will need the bulk of your attention.
- Disperse compost and fertilizer – You will want to first provide the areas of your lawn that have been hit the worst with compost and fertilizer. Do so slowly and over the course of several days so as to not overwhelm any plants in the area.
- Continue to use your irrigation system – You’ll want to keep your sprinkler system in use while the drought is ongoing. After it ends, though, you’ll need to keep it in consistent use. You can lessen the amount of time it’s spent on, depending on how frequently it rains, but by keeping the water flowing, you can keep the soil around your home healthy.
- Mulch, mulch, mulch – Mulch helps your landscaping retain its moisture all throughout the year. If you invest in mulch and prepare your beds accordingly, you’ll have a better chance of maintaining your lawn’s health throughout the rest of the year.
Waterproofing with Your Lawn in Mind
While you’re taking care of your lawn, you’ll also want to make sure your foundation, basement, or crawl space has the protective measures they need in place. Droughts that damage your soil will have an easier time damaging your home as well.
You can work with a foundation, basement, or crawl space repair professional working in the Denver, CO area to determine which waterproofing and foundation-care methods will best suit your home. Contact the experts at Complete Basement Systems today for a free inspection and repair estimate.