Everything You Need to Know to Maintain a Healthy Lawn

Posted on Jul 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

Everything You Need to Know to Maintain a Healthy Lawn | The Experienced GardenerDo you really want to maintain a healthy lawn? You might not be able to do it in this state for a while. We’re just coming off of four consecutive years of drought, and although the El Nino has brought us much-needed rain, we’re not out of the woods yet. There may continue to be stringent watering restrictions in the state, just as there were throughout 2015. Did you know you couldn’t even have a campfire out in the woods last year? What’s the point of even going camping then?

If you want to maintain a healthy lawn in 2016, it’s going to take a little work. Gov. Jerry Brown would prefer that you just let the lawn die instead, to save water. But we’re here to help you keep that lawn as lush and green as possible.

Fertilize, like, NOW

It might already be too late, but you need to fertilize the lawn early, well before the summer begins. You see, there are warm and cool season grasses, but not that many “hot-as-hades” grasses. So when the Central Valley temperatures reach 100+ degrees, your grass is just trying to hang on. What do you think will happen if you fertilize then? That grass is going to get “burned.” Fertilize when it’s cooler and your grass can still benefit.

Mow it regularly, and mow it the right length

What the heck is the “right length”? We have that answer! It depends on the type of grass, but there is an appropriate length for your lawn. Not only will this help the grass grow stronger, it will also limit weed growth. When you mow regularly, you lop off the heads of weed sprouts; inhibiting their growth.

Water about once a week

Did you think it was more often than that? Surprise! It’s actually recommended that you water once a week, and do so deeply, so that the roots get enough H20. Your grass doesn’t really need more water than this, and doing it sparingly will toughen the lawn up. Plus, it prevents weeds from getting that water.

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