When it comes to all aspects of Lawn Care Weather and Global Warming plays an enormous role in how well our lawns survive and prosper. Now in the bigger picture Global Warming (or Climate Change) is now a reality, not to admit this is a mistake and one that may cost you in the long run should you decide to neglect this fact.
There is an enormous amount if data out there coming from all walks of life, pointing to the fact that it is happening. I myself being in the lawn care business for over 21 years now, have watched it greatly change the weather patterns where I live and operate my business. It has largely affected my sales over the last few years.
In my part of the world (Southern Ontario, Canada) I have seen precipitation levels drop, longer heat waves, any form of rain disappear for sometimes 2-3 months at a time over the summer months. All of which negatively effect lawns, as all lawns need some amount of precipitation on a regular basis.
So what are we to do as weather patterns change? This is a tough question as our governments try to discuss a global plan of action regarding Global Warming and the effects it has on weather around the world.
As individuals we need to find ways to go about our lives trying to be as “green” (eco-friendly) as we can, also to instil a desire in our youth to continue care about what is going on around them.
Thankfully there has been a lot of action being taken to get everyone to do what they can such as the documentary that most of us have seen called “An Inconvenient Truth” put forward by Al Gore.
Another excellent documentary has given Global Warming the attention it deserves is the series produced by the B.B.C. in 2006 called
Planet Earth. This series covers all aspects of the earth and how we are all tied together and any action taken by one group (humans) affects every other ecosystem to greater or lesser degrees. By doing things such as cutting down the Amazon rain forest we are taking away precious habitat for thousands of species of animals, even forcing some to the brink of extinction.
These documentaries act almost as a guide to Weather and Global Warming, giving us an overview as to what’s happening to our world and all its’ creatures.
Weather and Global Warming effects Us All
This cutting down of the rain forest affects all of us around the world as the forest shrinks so does its ability to clean the air by producing oxygen.
Lawn Care is no different; we continue to use pesticides that pollute our ground water that we all need to survive. We are turning large tracks woods and farmers fields that provide oxygen into parking lots and malls that radiate heat from the sun.
Theses large urban areas change the micro climate in that region, making it warmer, by reducing the number of lawns and green space that help to cool the earth. So what can we do for our lawns? Keep the healthy as possible and try to find ways to keep them maintained the most environmentally economic way possible.
To do this will mean doing things slightly different according to where each of us live. For most of us Global Warming means warmer temperature for longer periods of time and usually means less precipitation.
For most Cool grasses this spells disaster as heat stress and drought are not appreciated by these types of grasses. This makes theimportance of watering your lawn properly , seeding ,fertilizing mowing your lawn to keep it allow maintenance as possible all that more imperative.
The change in the weather patterns caused by Global Warming will also affect anyone who is considering Starting a Lawn Care Business . The shear number of customers that may now be needed to be profitable in any given year or geographic region will have to significantly higher or prices will have to be increased in order keep the sales at an acceptable rate in order to make a profit.
Using pesticide free fertilizers will be the norm, mowing height will have to be increased much earlier in the mowing season than in previous years in order to cut back on the amount of water needed to keep the lawn green. A lawn that is cut at a greater height will provide shade for its’ root system and therefore keep it healthier much longer into the summer.
Tracking weather patterns on a daily, weekly, monthly or even a year over year basis can now be done with relative ease all thanks to weather dedicated websites. You will be able to use the precipitation history, temperature trends and forecasting tools now available for almost every region on our earth.
I myself use 3 different weather websites to follow weather trends for my area. Their long-range forecasts are helpful in planning my mowing schedule (even though they are not always 100% accurate).
They all offer a from of radar images which provides a graphic display in real time as well as time loops of 1 to 4 hours of data. These loops of information indicate where it is currently raining, the speed and direction that it is moving.
From this information you can figure out that if it is currently raining 100 miles away from your location, you have 4 lawns to mow but the radar loop indicates that you will have only 1.5 hours before the rain impacts your area.
You will only have enough time to get 2 done before it rains, so this information helps you in prioritizing your workload and allows you to adjust your schedule accordingly.
The 3 website that I use are one that is more or less just for Canada which is the OntarioWeatherPage.com , a Canadian International site known as TheWeatherNetwork.com and an American International site called Accuweather.com . The forecasts and radar images they provide are not always the same, it is for this reason that it is wise to check with more than one source if your lawn (or Lawn Care Business) depends on accurate forecasts.
If radar images are all that you are looking for then I recommend Intellicast.com .
Any edge you can attain team, in keeping you lawn healthy and green and still aid in lessening the effects of Weather and Global Warming is something we should all strive for.
There is also a great and informative Global Warming blog over at Accuweather.com moderated by Brett Anderson. They keep us up to date on new and important scientific data regarding Global Warming and Climate change. If Global Warming is foremost in your mind this is the place to be. Bookmark it and check back often.