Go Green Lawncare Tip Sheet

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May 6, 2015


Go Green Lawncare Tip Sheet:

 

Mow High - Recycle Clippings

  • Mow at least 3" high
  • Return clippings to recycle nutrients
  • Sweep or blow clippings from walks and driveways onto the lawn
  • Taller grass crowds out weeds and promotes deeper roots
  • Deeper roots help the lawn survive droughts

FERTILIZE IN FALL FOR BEST RESULTS

  • Fall is the best time to fertilize your lawn
  • Be patient in the spring - wait until May to fertilize
  • Don’t fertilize if the ground is frozen or saturated with water
  • Don’t guess, soil test for proper fertilizer recommendations

 CHOOSE LAWN-TYPE FERTILIZERS

  • Choose lawn fertilizers with no phosphorus (the middle number) and follow the directions
  • Avoid using “triple” products (e.g. 12-12-12)
  • Confirm spreader setting before applying

 CLEAN UP - AVOID SURFACE WATER

  • Maintain a NO APPLICATION zone near lakes, rivers, streams and storm drains
  • Never discharge clippings near lakes, rivers, streams or drains
  • Sweep fertilizer granules from walks and driveways onto the lawn
  • Wash your spreader on the grass

WATER SMART

  • Don’t soak your lawn and avoid night watering
  • Watering should not produce puddles; lighter, more frequent watering is best
  • Brown lawns are OK; dormancy is a natural response to drought, however, some water may be necessary during an extended drought of more than a month
  • Following Go Green Lawncare Tips will reduce the amount of water your lawn needs

 

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