It has been a long tough season on our lawns. Unless you are prepared to spend a lot of time and money watering the lawn there isn't much you can do to keep the lawn looking as good as possible.... or is there? We recently saw a Facebook post for "Lawn Tonic". The formula is credited to a golf course greenskeeper in Colorado named Tim Heffron. Made from simple ingredients many of us would have at home and it seems to work pretty good. I sprayed it 3 weeks ago and watered every 3 days for 30 minutes, not a lot of water for the parched grass but it did green up the lawn compared to my neighbors. I have even gone a couple of weeks now without watering and the grass is still greener than the others in the area.
Another thing you can do is to not cut your grass too short. In our area the predominate type of grasses are cool weather grasses and should be cut to about 3 inches. Cutting it shorter will make it more difficult for the grass to retain whatever moisture it gets and heats the soil faster making it dry out even more.
Make sure your blade is sharp, dull blades tear more than cut and that is bad for the health of the grass.
Don't let the lawn go to seed. Mow at least every two weeks to keep weeds and faster growing grasses under control, or better yet let us do it for you :)
Keeping the lawn 3 inches tall, and mowing routinely will help the lawn stay ready for when the rains return.