by Katy Stephens
on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 at 12:54pm.
I am amazed at the number of Southern Utah homes that have lush, green lawns. I moved into a new home in the Little Valley area of St. George from Farmington, Utah. I quickly started asking how we could maintain our new existing, green lawn. I spoke to our landscaper and my neighbors and these are the things they told me to do to keep my lawn green in this sunny, warm climate.
Keep your grass cut regularly to prevent weeds
Keep the blades on your lawn mower sharp, so that you are cutting your grass not tearing it
Don’t cut your grass too short - removing more than 1/3 of the grass blade will stress out your lawn
If your soil is tough, aerate it to loosen the ground
Fertilize your lawn two times each year to keep it green and healthy
Check your irrigation system
When we moved into our new home our irrigation system needed to be adjusted. Our lawn and landscaping was getting too much water and some of the grass and a few of our plants died before we realized it. According to Weed Man Lawn Care, you can test your irrigation system by putting five straight-sided pans around your lawn. Turn on your sprinklers and take note of how long it takes for each pan to have one inch of accumulated water. It the pans don’t get the same amount of water, you might need to adjust the amount or distance of your lawn’s sprinkler heads.
Star Nursery posts hundreds of guides on lawn care, soil, plants, flower, palm trees and many other topics. I often go to their website to learn about my flowers and plants that are in my yard. While doing this one day I found a great guide on common problems in desert lawns. You can view or download the pdf here.
So far, after six months, our lawn is thriving and our water bill hasn’t been too bad either.