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Lawn Maintenance 101

We all know that the biggest action you could take to help the environment, stop overwatering, and fight the drought is to remove turf grass and go California Friendly. But tearing out your lawn is a big step and it is understandable if you’re not there just yet. If that sounds like you, here’s another great video from the State Water Board that shows you a bunch of actions you can take to make your grass a little greener.

Did you catch all that? The video covered a lot of material in a short amount of time, so here are some reminders to help you figure out which of those tactics for managing your turf is right for you!

  • Check your sprinklers! Eliminating leaking or over spraying sprinklers also eliminates runoff that carries pollutants into the storm drain.
  • Watering too frequently leads to shallow roots that need more frequent watering, leading to more overwatering. Measure how deeply you’re irrigating and adjust to encourage deeper roots that can draw water from a wider area.
  • If necessary, aerate soil to allow water and roots to go deeper. Deeper root networks can absorb and hold onto more water and reduces overwatering.
  • Know how to fertilize and fertilize properly.
  • Most mature turf grass doesn’t need fertilizer, but grasscycling is a great way to keep your nitrogen levels up while also reducing mowing time by 38%!

One extra gnote. At a few times in the video they showed a lawn mower chewing through tall grass. During the summer heat, letting the blades get a little longer is a great idea because the longer blades grow deeper roots and hold more water. That said, you typically want to cut no more than 1/3 of the total blade length at any one time. Cutting too much weakens the grass, removes stored up water in the blade, and redirects energy towards growing new blades instead of stronger roots. Also, without a special lawn mower blade (called a mulching blade), cutting off that much in one go will result in a big pile of grass trimmings that is slow to break down instead of short trimmings that quickly disappear and improve soil quality.

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