Keep your lawn green while the summer turns red hot!

grassSpring was unbelievably rainy here in Cleveland.  It certainly provided us with some beautifully lush green lawns… but now it’s summer and, oh, how the tides do change…

There hasn’t been much rain lately and now I’m cringing as our neighbors run their sprinklers for hours on end in the middle of the day!  Sheesh… what are they thinking?

There are some very simple and very green ways to keep your yard looking green too.  Here are five of the simplest of simple tips to help you:

  • Watering – ummm, yea.  Middle of the day… not so wise!  Much of the water evaporates before it ever reaches the roots.  Lawns only need an inch of water per week so this means about ONCE a week without the help of Mother Nature’s rain.  If Mother Nature is helping, don’t turn on that sprinkler! Plus, too many shallow waterings will bring roots to the surface and burn out the lawn even faster.  If you must water, early morning or evening is best.  Don’t forget that you can put your greywater to work too!
  • Mowing – don’t mow in the heat of the day either.  Cut grass loses moisture rapidly and (again!) can cause the lawn to burn out even faster, so yes… early morning or evening again!grss mow
  • No “low mow” – the optimal length is 3”, so don’t over-mow or mow too short.  Taller grass grows a deeper root system, grows slower, requires less water and helps prevent weeds.
  • Mulch it – mulching mowers actually cut grass and chop it so it can act as mulch to hold moisture (but if you don’t have a mulching mower, consider composting the clippings).
  • Water wisely – it won’t make your lawn greener but again, if you must water, actually water the lawn, NOT sidewalks and drives! Just pay close attention not to water wildly and prevent waste.

See… simple!  The mercury may rise, the rain may stay away, but the grass can be greener on your side of the fence too!

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5 thoughts on “Keep your lawn green while the summer turns red hot!

  1. There are so many other aspects in proper turf care. One being the most obvious, uneven grade, bumps, dips, mounds, etc. Some being not so obvious, which leads to uneven moisture. A great way to combat uneven terrain is soil condition. Aerate soil twice a year, which will bring air movement and proper drainage, loosen compacted soil for greater sub surface movement. What may also help is knowing what your pH of the soil composition is underneath you lawn. In some cases hard water can change the soil pH causing dead spots, which most people mistaken it for being dry. The other problem is improper fertilization. Not reading the directions can also be detrimental to soil pH balance. For professional lawn care there are wetting agents or surfactants the have water holding properties which not only reduce watering, but also helps with combatting water repellent ions within the soil. On professional turf we sometimes cheat by applying fertilizer mixed with higher iron content. Just a few more tips for watering less turf care. Hope this helps 🙂

  2. I have never seen the point in watering a lawn. Mine is all weeds and I don’t care lol. Even if we were watering right now it wouldn’t be green. We are in a major drought and have had almost 20 100-100+ days already. I’m struggling to keep my drought resistant plants alive. 🙁

    I do follow many of the watering tips for my flowers, watered them at 10:30 p.m. today.

  3. Forget the neighbors, what about the businesses that I see watering midday in 100 degree weather! I can’t even begin to imagine the massive amounts of waste companies rack up by running their sprinkler system at 2 in the afternoon. Is anybody really that out of touch these days that they don’t know to water early or late??

  4. Great article. If I might also make another point. Many people do not realize just how environmentally unfriendly their gas lawnmower is. For example, did you know the average lawnmower emits approx 10 – 12 times more hydrocarbons per hour as compared to the average car!

    You can read more via the article link below and get some tips on what you can do to reduce this carbon footprint:

    http://blog.fashionandearth.com/2010/06/01/you-might-want-to-consider-retiring-your-old-lawn-mower/

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