Sponsored content: Think smarter when watering, caring for yard during the heat

Instead of bagging grass clippings, use a mulching mower

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ICFP Media for Green Acres

Russ Lindsley is the owner of Green Acres

— Now well into the dry heat of an Idaho County summer, your lawn may be showing the strain – and brown — of the season. But just dumping more water onto the ground may not be the solution. Think smarter on how better to maintain your yard in August.

Instead of bagging grass clippings, use a mulching mower and return your grass clippings back to your lawn. This will help trap moisture, keeping the lawn cooler and better hydrated.

Most lawns require about an inch of water per week to stay healthy. Water deeply early in the day during the morning. Moisture can be more efficiently absorbed by your lawn’s root system during the cooler part of the day.

Too much water is actually bad for grass, in particular. Overwatering causes the grass roots to grow horizontally, rather than vertically. With less water, the grass has to work harder and will grow its roots deeper into the soil in search of moisture. This helps it do a better job of trapping carbon and releasing oxygen.

Save water for more delicate plantings. Flowering plants may require a little more water during drier conditions. That’s okay since these plants are vital to our birds, bees, hummingbirds and other pollinators.

Trim back shrubs when the temperatures aren’t sky high for your area. Set your mower to trim turfgrass a little bit higher. Longer blades give more shade and grass roots extend deeper into the soil. This helps limit weeds and the lawn retains moisture better. Dense turf requires less water, too.

Need supplies? Advice? Our staff is ready to assist you at Green Acres Nursery in Grangeville, 208-983-0355, www.lindsleysgreenacres.com, and like us on Facebook.

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