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Sep 12

Did you mow this weekend? - July 20, 2016

Posted on September 12, 2017 at 1:36 PM by Vicky Schiber

Weekly Watering Advice
Believe it or not, according to the weather stations your yard probably does not need water this week. For more information, check out Save Tarrant Water. With plenty of sunshine forecast the rest of the week, if you do turn on your sprinkler, consider only a sip of 0.25" or less. Please remember to follow your schedule and never water between 10 am and 6 pm.
Did You Mow This Weekend?
North Texas is flush with green thanks to all the rain the last few months. If you are a weekend mower you may have held off on mowing your grass until this last weekend to prevent ruts in your yard. Thanks to all the rain the weekend before your grass was probably pretty tall when you got home on Friday.

Did the end result look like the yard on the left or the right? The yard on the left was mowed at the usual setting, scalping the blades. The yard on the right was adjusted appropriately for the height of the grass.

Why is the grass on the left so yellow? Because the grass was growing so quickly, the taller grass blades started to shade out the blades below. By the end of the day the newly exposed blades got sunburned. Sunburned grass turns yellow and the most damaged leaves will die and turn brown.

The damage is done, but don't despair. With a little TLC you can get back to a great looking lawn. Here are are a few tips on how:
  • Be patient. Like an injured athlete, your lawn is going to need a little time to heal. There may be enough leaf below that your turf will recover pretty quickly.
  • Check your mower. Consider moving it up a setting or two so the next mow lets your grass catch up. While you are checking the mower, be sure you look at the blades. Is it time to sharpen them? Dull blades damage leaves, and every injury “bleeds”, stressing the plant more.
  • Continue to water infrequently and deeply. Resist the urge to crank up your sprinkler system. Your grass isn’t telling you it needs to be watered. In fact, watering more frequently right now may drown the roots, causing even more damage. How do you know how much water your grass needs this week? Check out our weekly watering advice for guidance.
  • Consider supplements. Some landscapers suggest using an iron boost to help your turf recover from injury.
Did the turf die? You will know in a few weeks if the scalping caused lasting damage. Parts of your turf will turn brown and not grow back - prime time for weeds to move in. Here are a few things you can do.
  • Add some top soil to the dead areas to encourage surrounding grass to fill in the damaged area. This would be best for areas less than 1 square foot.
  • Grass seed or plugs may also help to fill in the damaged areas.
Rule of thumb: Next time your grass gets a wild growth spurt, take it easy. Dotty Woodson, Program Specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife, suggests using the rule of 3rds.Never cut your grass more than 1/3 of its current height at a time.

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Relax! We've Got This!
Your Water Smart, Southlake team is learning and growing, making sure we are bringing you the latest and greatest ways to be Water Smart, Southlake. With our expanding knowledge, this newsletter will be making a few tweaks starting next week. First, we're finding a new home on the City of Southlake website. Also, to improve our Weekly Watering Advice, starting next week we will be sending this newsletter out on Tuesday mornings. No one waters on Monday, anyway, right?

Water Use Stats
The average daily water use per person (GPCD) this past week was 286. The previous week was 259. GPCD is defined as the total number of gallons used by the city divided by the population.

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