How is your lawn doing in the current heat wave? I know, you look at your lawn and wonder if it’s time to water it or not. The only good thing is that you don’t have to mow it as often. Not to worry; you don’t need to do much of anything.
Here are insider’s tips from my huysband, Mr. Pennies, that have made our lawn look better than almost every lawn on the street. And being, Mr. Pennies, it’s the cheap way to do it. Lots easier too. Follow these tips for a gorgeous lawn for the minimum amount of work.
1) Mow it at a fairly high level. It keeps the roots cooler and the grass holds moisture better. It also looks very lush. Just set your lawn mower to a higher setting. We see this all the time in the neighborhood. People want to clip their lawns a low as possible thinking they won’t have to mow as often. Then when a dry spell comes, the grass has no way to conserve water. Those lawns turn brown more quickly than ours even though they water quite often.
2) Don’t use a mower designed to be used with a grass catcher. Mr. Pennies uses a “mulching mower” that chops the grass clippings several times before letting fall back into the lawn. That way you don’t get clumps of grass on top the lawn blocking the sunlight and damaging the lawn. The grass contains fertilizer that gets recycled into the lawn when you let the clippings fall back into the grass. We’ve been doing this for 30 years and only had to de-thatch once in that time.
3) Never water your lawn–well almost never. That dry patch will come back with the next rain. This only works if you are also following the two tips above. At the end of the summer you can reseed any areas that need it. Mr. Pennies has been doing that for years and he’s never had to use much seed. Of course your climate might be different. You might need to change some areas into rock gardens or pocket gardens of drought-tolerant plants if grass never succeeds there.
4) Fertilize only once a year, in the Spring. He uses a “weed and feed” and that’s all we’ve ever needed. If you have any forsythia buses around, watch for when their bright yellow flowers bloom. You’re supposed to fertilize after the blossoms open but before they have all fallen to the ground. That’s an insider’s secret he learned at the local gardening center & it works for us.
Isn’t it nice to find out that you can do less work on your lawn to make it look better? It’s true. Mow it less and water it less. That lush lawn will be great for outdoor fun all summer long. Now pour yourself a tall glass of lemonade and enjoy the view!