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As with many plants living in the UK, the amount of rain dropped is usually enough to allow lawns to grow sufficiently, but unfortunately, there can be dry periods where insufficient moisture gets to the roots, especially in late spring and summer.
Tell tale signs start appearing in lawns when the top 10cm of topsoil becomes dried out and the grass starts to become a pale straw colour. Occasionally the grasses may die, especially with the annual meadow grass varieties which are more susceptible to lack of water. That said, lawn turf rarely dies in the UK and the grass soon recovers after watering. The problem is that invading weeds can be more tolerant of drought conditions than grass so they can use the situation to spread.
How do I help my grass survive?
When should I water my lawn?
The lawn will lose its sense of spring beneath your feet when it starts drying up. This is by far the best time to start watering. The next stage is when the grass starts to change colour and the bright green fades to a grey-green colour. If the grass turns yellow, then brown, moss and weeds will invade and it's too late!
How often should I water my lawn?
This will obviously depend on the weather and soil type. Sand based soils are more prone to drought conditions than heavy soil based soils. As a rough guide, watering lawns under 'normal' dry conditions should be approximately once a week. If the weather is warmer, then twice a week and cooler weather once every week and a half.