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Grass cannot live without water which it needs to establish deep roots that will make it stronger and less vulnerable to drought and other potential diseases and also to maintain a greener, more attractive appearance throughout the year. Our climate normally provides sufficient rainfall to keep the grass strong and healthy but occasionally we will experience a long, dry period when the grass will require additional water.

Once the lawn starts to dry out it will turn straw coloured and may, in extreme and prolonged drought conditions, die. Often however the lawn will recover quite quickly as soon as water becomes available. Weeds though are often more drought resistant than grass so you will find that, even when the grass has discoloured and dried out, some weeds may still flourish.

Good lawn management ie aeration, feeding, mowing correctly and removing excess thatch will help grass to survive more effectively throughout drought conditions but there may be times when watering is required.

Many lawns are watered frequently during the drier summer months but often with too little water. Frequent but short spells of watering will encourage the roots to be shallow and remain nearer the surface making it less able to find moisture during dry spells.

The best approach, if possible due to time, expense and local regulations, is to water well once or twice a week for longer periods such that the lawn really benefits from the greater soaking and the water is able to penetrate deeper into the soil to encourage deeper, stronger root growth. Don’t however allow the lawn to become waterlogged as this will create opportunities for moss and certain weeds to spread and stop sufficient air getting down to the roots.