Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

Ecological Lawn Care During Drought



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! 

Garden writer and blogger, author of 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

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