Lawns: care during drought

In extended periods of summer drought, turf grasses turn brown and stop growing. This often looks a lot worse than it actually is, and the lawn will usually recover rapidly with renewed rainfall. It would take a severe drought to actually kill off the lawn.

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Drought-stricken lawns are prone to becoming worn and patchy. Credit:RHS/Neil Hepworth.

Quick facts

Suitable for: All lawns
Timing: Summer and autumn
Difficulty: Moderate

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