20 Nov How to Sustain a Lush Lawn in the Desert
Landscaping in the desert requires a certain kind of care to keep your grass and plants thriving. With the proper attention, you can successfully incorporate grass into your home landscaping. Use the following tips to grow and maintain a beautiful, lush lawn in the Southwest.
Mow It Regularly
Mowing your lawn helps to keep it in the best shape. Your grass should be neither too long nor too short or it will be much more difficult to keep healthy. Most grass should be between 1 ½ and 3 ½ inches long. If you want to keep your grass shorter, you will need to mow it every 2-3 days. The longer grass should be mowed every 7-10 days. If you know that you do not have time to properly mow your grass, you might want to hire a landscaping company to do it for you or have them install artificial turf for you.
Fertilize It Properly
Carefully read the instructions on your fertilizer bag to find out how often you should use it on your grass. Most lawns need about ½ pound of nitrogen for every 1,000 square feet between April and September. Do not use nitrogen fertilizer at the end of the growing season, though, or it might hinder the lawn’s ability to grow.
Water It Thoroughly
Since there is not as much rain in the desert as there is in other places, you should be diligent about your watering routine. Water the lawn at night or in the early morning to reduce the risk for evaporation. During drier parts of the year, you should water your lawn once every 1-3 days. If you notice that your grass is becoming blue-gray in color, the soil is hardening, or the turf feels warm, you should water the lawn more often.
Santa Rita Landscaping offers some of the best residential landscaping services in Tucson. From the landscape construction to the maintenance, we are here to help you improve your exterior design with beautiful plants, lawns, and hardscape features. To learn more about our services, visit us on the Web or call (520) 623-0421.
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