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Simple TIP To Keep Your Lawn Green Without Wasting Water

Posted: Sat, 20 Jun 2020

You don't have to waste a lot of money or water in your quest for that perfect green patch of grass that'll make your neighbors envious. The Simple Dollar offers several maintenance tips that not only keep costs low but also help you mow less often.

Among them: Don't water the lawn. It sounds counter-intuitive, but as Trent writes, the lawn will only die without water when there's a drought-like situation (and in that case, you're better off saving your water). This is part of a two-prong strategy. The second part is to only cut your grass before it's going to rain, so the taller grass can provide shade and protection for the ground, conserving water.

Generally don’t cut the grass unless the forecast has a chance of rain that’s higher than 60% within the next 48 hours.
This simple rule kept our grass green for a very long time during the drought summer. With this simple tip you will stay green far longer than many lawns on our block (excepting the ones with a sprinkler system).

Also, if you want to use your sprinkler system, use it at night so you don't lose half of the water to evaporation.

We also recommend to use the mulching setting on your machine.
This will take the grass you cut and chop it into many tiny pieces, spreading it across the lawn as you go. This finely chopped grass quickly breaks down and provides nutrients for the existing grass — keeping it healthier and less dependent on watering needs. 

Set your mower deck to at least 2 to 3 ½ inches.
This will allow your lawn to maintain taller grass, thus leading to a deeper root system that can collect and retain more water during the season.

Remember: Taller grass also shades the soil, reducing the chance for water evaporation.

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