Protecting Colorado Lawns during Record-Setting Heat
DENVER, July 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Record-setting heat and drought conditions this summer in Colorado have prompted many homeowners to give up hope for a green lawn. The biggest threat to lawns this time of year is heat, not necessarily only a lack of water.
“The solution to a distressed lawn is not just more water but how you water,” said John Eden, a lawn care specialist with Denver-based Revive, Inc. “Watering deeper and longer, not more frequently, results in stronger root systems.”
Here is a list of five lawn care tips provided by the experts at Revive to combat the extreme temperatures:
- Avoid watering during daytime hours: Avoid evaporation by running sprinkler zones during the late evening and early morning; Water twice a day, splitting the zone times in half.
- Check sprinklers for water output and coverage: Place a shallow container on lawn to measure water intake. Lawns require about two inches of water per week during the peak summer temperatures.
- Reducing heat stress: During hot daytime temperatures, sun-exposed areas that are stressed can be cooled off by wetting (“syringing”) the turf for a few minutes with a hose. Syringing can reduce damage by cooling and refreshing heat-stressed areas.
- Mow smarter, sharpen blades: Set the mower height level as high as possible. Leave lawn clippings and use a mulching mower to recycle moisture and nutrients back into the yard. Sharpen lawnmower blade twice each summer.
- Use organic fertilizers and soil treatments such as Revive: Revive is a soil conditioner that helps the soil accept and retain water. It was developed initially for the arid Colorado climate.
Revive is a natural organic soil treatment composed of wetting agents and surfactants, essential nutrients and organic-based lignosulfonates.
Revive lowers the surface and interfacial tensions of the soil/water relationship and allows the water to spread out and penetrate into the soil. Revive improves plant root-zone moisture and improves soil drainage, not by changing the characteristics of the soil, but by changing the behavior of water.
Developed in 1972, Revive was originally marketed to professional groundskeepers. In 1983, the Denver-based company began to sell the fully organic product to distributors who supply retail stores in Colorado and Utah. Revive comes in granular and liquid form. Learn more at www.revive.com.
SOURCE Revive, Inc.