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Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

Ecological Lawn Care During Drought

 

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July is usually the month of heat waves and drought … and nothing suffers more obviously than a vast lawn, which turns from green to pale brown. You can, of course, water thoroughly and deeply to keep your lawn green throughout the heat of the summer, but the environmental cost is huge … imagine, all that water, specifically purified and treated  for human consumption, going to maintain your turf! I suggest being more environmentally friendly… and totally laid-back. When a heat wave arrives, just let Mother Nature do her job. Yes, your lawn may turn brown, but it’s not dead, it’s only going through summer dormancy, a natural phenomenon for lawn grass. When the rains and cooler weather return, it will green up again. So just be patient!

I’m always amazed at the lengths people will go through to maintain a green lawn. I’m certainly not recommending this, but in some areas, it is quite fashionable to dye a dormant green lawn during the summer months! 

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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