Lawns and drought

Wed, Mar 28, 2012

Climate Change, Lawns, Lawn Care

An RHS curator says that gardeners do not need to water their lawns during a drought.

Watering your lawn can negatively impact the environment if it is poorly managed, according to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

Colin Crosbie, curator of RHS Garden Wisley, argued on Radio Four’s Today Programme a year ago during the last drought that enthusiasts should try to stop keeping outdoor spaces green during a drought or hose pipe ban.

“There is actually no harm in letting your lawn dry up. The grass will go brown but soon greens up again after a good rain shower,” he declared.

He said lawns are an “important part of the garden” and are not necessarily “as high maintenance as people think”.

In the future there may be less space in cities for lawns and garden watering Mr Crosbie predicted, so homeowners may wish to consider how to effectively use grass to achieve maximum impact.

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