Clear Choices, Clean Water
Lawns should be maintained at 3 to 3.5 inches with no more than 1/3 of the grass being removed at a time. Mowing too short will stress out a lawn, allowing weeds to gain an advantage and summer droughts to take their toll.
Quick bursts of water may green things up temporarily during the heat of summer, however, it is important to remember timing, frequency and depth of watering can all impact the health of your lawn. Limit watering to summer months and water early in the morning, 2-3 times per week for a total of about 1 inch of water. This will encourage your lawn to grow deep roots.
Leave grass clippings on the lawn and choose compost or organic fertilizers to add nutrients to your lawn. Utilize a soil testing kit to see what your lawn truly needs before application of synthetic fertilizers.
Use Pesticides Sparingly
Remove by hand or spot treat unwanted weeds instead of broadcast spraying. Choose to let clover live in your lawn. Clover will help put nitrogen into your soil and provide much needed nectar for the bee population.
Invest in Your Lawn
Invest in an electric mulching lawn mower. Remember nearly 40% of BG’s electricity comes from renewable resources! Another option is to plant native wildlife friendly trees and shrubs strategically on your property for dappled shade.
Turf Grass Selection
If it is time to reseed your lawn make sure to consider fescue varieties and skip the Kentucky bluegrass.
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