Lawn Care

  1. #81

    Hire a qualified pro to install your irrigation system and keep it working properly and efficiently.

  2. #82

    Hire a Smartscape Certified professional landscaper who has received landscape training specific to the Sonoran Desert.

  3. #83

    Adjust your lawn mower to the height of 1.5 to 2 inches. Taller grass shades roots and holds soil moisture better than short grass.

  4. #84

    Leave lawn clippings on your grass, this cools the ground and holds in moisture.

  5. #85

    If installing a lawn, select a lawn mix or blend that matches your climate and site conditions.

  6. #86

    Aerate your lawn periodically. Holes every six inches will allow water to reach the roots, rather than run off the surface.

  7. #87

    If walking across the lawn leaves footprints (blades don’t spring back up), then it is time to water.

  8. #88

    Let your lawn go dormant (brown) during the winter. Dormant grass only needs to be watered every three to four weeks, less if it rains.

  9. #89

    Avoid overseeding your lawn with winter grass. Ryegrass needs water every few days, whereas Dormant Bermuda grass needs water monthly.

  10. #90

    Remember to weed your lawn and garden regularly. Weeds compete with other plants for nutrients, light and water.

  11. #91

    While fertilizers promote plant growth, they also increase water consumption. Apply the minimum amount of fertilizer needed.

  12. #92

    Water your summer lawns once every three days and your winter lawn once every five days.

  13. #93

    Catch water in an empty tuna can to measure sprinkler output. 3/4 to 1 inch of water is enough to apply each time you irrigate.