Although the Black Hills area is known for its jaw-dropping landscapes, it is also unfortunately known for its frequent periods of drought, especially during the summer. The lack of moisture can make it difficult and expensive to maintain a beautiful, lush yard, but luckily, there are measures you can take to keep your lawn looking great despite little rainfall. Adopt these water-efficient lawn care practices so you can achieve a beautiful outdoor space year-round!

  1. Choose Drought-Resistant Grass

Instead of working against nature, select a native grass that has adapted to conditions in the Black Hills, such as Buffalo grass or blue grass. These drought-resistant grasses require less water and are resilient to prolonged dry periods.

  1. Water Grass Deeply and Infrequently

By giving your lawn more water less often, roots are encouraged to grow deeper into the soil, making grass more drought-resistant.

  1. Water in the Morning

Watering in the early morning, which is usually the coolest time of the day, reduces evaporation, ensuring more water reaches the roots.

  1. Use a Rain Gauge

Prevent over- and under-watering by using a rain gauge to monitor rainfall and adjust your watering schedule accordingly. Lawns typically need about one inch of water per week, including rainfall.

  1. Mulch Your Lawn

Mulching helps retain soil moisture, regulate temperature, and reduce weed growth. Add a layer of grass clippings or organic mulch materials around trees and plants.

  1. Watch How Low You Mow

Resist the urge to mow your grass really short and leave about three inches of growth during each mowing. Taller grass shades the soil and helps reduce evaporation.

  1. Aerate Your Lawn

Aerating your lawn helps improve water infiltration and reduces runoff, resulting in a healthier, more water-efficient lawn.

  1. Consider Xeriscaping

Xeriscaping is a method of landscaping that uses drought-resistant plants and hardscapes to reduce water use. Doing things such as rock beds or walkways and planting succulents and native plants can go far in reducing the need for watering.

  1. Install Artificial Turf

Artificial turf allows you to experience the best of both worlds – an attractive, green lawn year-round without the need for watering. At Best Bet Lawn Care, we are local certified SYNLawn installers, giving you access to turf that is made of the highest quality materials, with a combination of long-lasting synthetic yarns and a heavy-duty backing system that provides superior drainage.

Best Bet Lawn Care provides comprehensive lawn care including sprinkler maintenance and repair, landscaping, lawn mowing, and artificial turf installation that will keep your lawn looking its best! Request a quote today!