Heat And Drought Stress

Heat stress is a problem when a lawn isn't prepared to handle the shift in temperature. As heat lingers, the effects of drought stress begin to take over. Just as people feel the effects of heat stress, so does grass, plants, and tress. Heat causes soil to dry out, so you must pay attention to rainfall amounts and water as needed. Look for indicators such as gaps in the lawn. Heat causes water to evaporate quickly which causes soil to become compacted, causing damage in the lawn. Heat stress and drought can promote excess weeds, and also insects and disease due to its weakend state. Grass, plants, and tress will show stress when the amount of water lost in transpiration is greater than the amount of water available for the plants needs. If you observe, in an attempt to conserve water, a lawns leaf blades will fold in half, and sometimes close. Lawns will lose their vibrant green color and appear to turn gray the longer they suffer from drought. When lawns and plants dehydrate due to lack of water, they lose their elasticity, casusing footprints to remain for several minutes or even hours, mowers will leave tracks in the lawn causing even more damage. Remember, periods of extreme heat, drought, tropical storms, and or hurricanes all play a role on your Florida lawn and landscape. Proper irrigation all year-round, along with proper mowing and a monthly agronomics program is a must to help ensure a healthy lawn and landscape!