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Half of a home's annual water usage typically goes to lawn watering. Use less water and maintain a healthy, attractive lawn with the following tips.


Watering Tips

  • Water only when grass turns a dull, bluish-gray color and footprints remain. After a rain, skip watering until the grass dries.
  • Bluegrass lawns generally require 1" - 1.5" of water per week, depending on the weather. Most shrubs and trees require less water than bluegrass, so water them separately. See the recommended watering times on the chart below.
  • Water no more than two days a week (three days during extreme heat and dry periods) so the grass develops deeper roots and uses moisture deep in the ground.
  • Water between midnight and 6 a.m. when wind and evaporation are minimal.
  • Find more information in the Water-Wise Lawn Care booklet.
  • Learn more about tips for hand-watering lawns and landscaping.

Recommended Watering Times


Mowing Tips

  • Mow early - mowing when it's cool reduces stress on grass.
  • Mow sharp - dull mower blades tear the grass causing it to stress.
  • Mow higher - mow bluegrass 2 1/2 " - 3" tall to promote deeper rooting and to shade the plant's root zone. Never cut more than 1/3 of the leaf blade.
  • Leave clippings - grass clipping add nutrients to the soil. A mulching mower chops grass into smaller pieces.

Lawn Care Ideas and Resources

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