Bluegrass and Fine Fescues will become dormant for several
months and can survive without any irrigation. Recovery is
usually complete once irrigation is resumed.
may thin heavily under prolonged summer drought, as they are not
able to become dormant as easily as bluegrass.
does not become dormant and will die from lack of irrigation.
If your bluegrass
lawn is mostly dormant this fall season, core aeration will expose
the root system to even more dehydration, and is NOT recommended.
growth are also not recommended. If your turf is mostly
dormant at this time, weed patches are more visible and it would
be beneficial to apply a quick-release weed killer to the affected
areas or apply spot treatments. Those pesky weeds will also
be competing for water in the spring.
traffic can also affect your lawn's recovery in the spring.
Drought stressed lawns are easily damaged.
During a drought,
woody shrubs and trees are susceptible to numerous environmental
threats. The importance of maintaining healthy trees and
shrubs should be paramount in the fall months, as they will likely
succumb to disease and pests during the winter and springs months
if not properly maintained.
water restrictions in place in Colorado, consumers are urged to
apply all outdoor designated watering days to deep root feeding of
trees and large shrubs in order to keep the existing root systems
healthy and improve likelihood of survival during the 2003 drought
Water - Two
inches of absorbed water will last 7 to 10 days if the base and
surrounding areas are well saturated. Keep the area free of
weeds, which are also seeking water. Focus watering efforts
on hardiest, most well established areas.
Mulch - Apply at least 3 to 4 inches deep and out to the dripline to
eliminated evaporation from the extending feeder roots which may
be just under the first layer of soil. Avoid putting much
against the trunk of the tree, as it can harbor insects and
- Minimal pruning is suggested this year. Removing too much
foliage or too many limbs will leave already thirsty trunks and
branches open to sunburn.
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