Tips for Watering and Feeding Your Lawn

Keep your lawn healthy with these three top tips for maintaining your outdoor spaces year-round.

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To keep a lawn looking healthy and green all year round, it will need regular care and attention. Watering, feeding, and top-dressing are the three essential tasks required to create a lawn that will be the envy of your neighborhood.

Watering Tips

1. Maintain during a drought.

During periods of drought grass stops growing, the blades turn yellow and then brown before dying back, exposing patches of soil. However, due to environmental concerns, lawns really only need water in extremely dry conditions. Lawns can recover quickly after drought and often make a full and rapid recovery when rain returns. If lawns must be watered, it should be done in the morning or evening to reduce evaporation loss.

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2. Consider your soil.

If you want very lush green grass, your soil type will determine how often to water. Water well once a week for clay and loamy soils and twice a week for sandy soils; water needs to penetrate down to the root systems — about 4 inches (10 cm) down. A small inspection hole can be dug to check the moistness of the soil. Avoid spraying paths, patios, and hard surfaces to avoid water wastage.

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