Four Tips for Keeping Your Grass Green and Lush
A beautiful yard with thriving green grass can be a source of homeowner bragging rights! Sometimes, however, San Diego’s Mediterranean climate and water restrictions can present challenges for maintaining a vibrant lawn. Proper lawn care maintenance, smart water management and selecting the right grass species will help you in producing a lush front and back yard. These four tips will ensure the grass is greener on your side of the fence!
Pick the right grass. Choosing the appropriate grass species is crucial for maintaining a beautiful yard, so select warm-season grasses that are well suited for the region’s climate. These include Bermuda grass, St. Augustine grass and Zoysia grass. Each has characteristics like drought and shade tolerance and maintenance requirements, so consider sunlight exposure, soil type and intended use to determine the best grass species for your yard.
Mow often. Regular mowing encourages healthier growth and discourages weed competition. In addition, set your lawn mower blade to the recommended height for your particular grass species for the best and greenest results.
Water accordingly. It’s best to water in the early morning to reduce evaporation and fungal diseases, and water deeply but infrequently to promote deep root growth. Typically, lawns in the San Diego area require one to 1.5 inches of water per week, including rainfall. Utilize smart weather-based irrigation that adjusts watering schedules based on weather conditions and soil moisture levels. This will help save you money and water.
Provide regular maintenance. Apply a balanced fertilizer to provide essential nutrients for your grass and follow the brand’s recommended schedule to avoid over-fertilization. Keep your lawn healthy by addressing weeds promptly. If possible, opt for organic weed control methods to minimize environmental impact. And regularly aerate your lawn to reduce soil compaction and enhance water penetration. This allows oxygen and nutrients to reach the roots effectively.
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