This time of year it is common for lawns to get overwatered and overfertilized. Both can be avoided and will actually save you some work (mowing, reseeding, etc.) and some money! I recommend using an organic lawn fertilizer like Gardner & Bloome Natural & Organic Lawn Fertilizer (currently 18lb bags are 40% off!). Not only is it organic but has beneficial microbes and mycorrhizae which benefit your soil which directly benefits your lawn. Just feed once every 2-3 months!! The real time saver is that since it is organic it feeds slowly, reducing excess growth (and mowing!) and consistently yet still provides that deep green color we desire in our lawns!

Watering lawns can be tricky in our climate. It is best to water in the morning, preferably between 5 am and 10 am. Make sure you are watering thoroughly by running your sprinklers long enough to saturate the soil and not just the surface. You can read a little more on what we recommend for watering on a recent blog here. You can also pick up our FREE WaterWise guides which can explain it in more detail than I can here. Our guides walk you through general irrigation practices, irrigation tests and maintenance and tips for watering Trees vs. shrubs vs. lawns. Our staff can help you with your particular situation as well.

If for some reason you are having lawn problems the first thing we recommend is to check your watering using the tips on our WaterWise Guide. If that doesn’t solve it you may have lawn moths or lawn fungus. Please bring a photo of the area in with details of your watering system so our staff can help you solve the problem. You can have a nice lawn here in the Central Valley but it does take a little work!

Happy Summer!


June 19, 2013

Thanks for the tips! I am going to spend some time working on the backyard this weekend before 4th of July rolls around. Also found some good summer lawn care suggestions here — — I have a sod lawn in Arizona so it definitely takes some watering during the summer months!

June 26, 2013

Organic fertilizer it is then. I appreciate your tips very much. Most of it are worth considering.
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