Turf Tips

Dealing with Drought

Many turf professionals in central and southern Indiana are trying to figure out how best to cope with the current drought because it is affecting their normal 1) fall seeding, 2) fertilization, 3) herbicide applications and 4) cultivation. Below are some strategies on how to cope with the current situation.
The maps below show illustrate the lack of rainfall in central and southern Indiana over the past 90 days (since the heavy spring rains).

Drought Facts

Managing turf during drought

Should I fertilize right now?

Should I apply a herbicide right now?

Should I seed right now?

Can I aerify lawns right now?


Dr. Aaron Patton, Turfgrass Extension Specialist

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