Lawn Maintenance 101

It’s getting to that time of year—grass will be growing again, and quickly! It will be thirsty as well! If you are residing in a single family home, most likely you are responsible for some level of lawn care. See below (and attached) some tips that will help!

Mulch your garden and landscape beds.

Mulch helps keep the soil moist and reduces erosion and weeds. Avoid piling mulch against plant stems and tree trunks to prevent rot.

Water at the right time.

Watering in the early morning or late evening when temperatures and wind speeds are the lowest will reduce water loss through evaporation. Check with your local Water Management District office or Cooperative Extension Service office to find out how often to water. Tighter watering restrictions may be in order for different counties ranging from one day per week to two days per week and as restrictive as from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm for no watering. Visit St. Johns River Water Management District www.sjrwmd.com

Mow your grass to the right height.

The higher the grass, the more extensive the root system becomes. Grass with deeper roots is more drought-resistant. If the grass is mowed very short, it will put most of its energy into growing new leaf blades, and less energy into growing a root system (root system will be shallow). So don't mow your lawn too short.

Visit St. Johns River Water Management District www.sjrwmd.com

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