What we’re noticing:

  • We got some shots of rain over the holiday weekend but not much to significantly improve lawn conditions. Between 0.25 and 1″ within our service area with most in the 0.5-0.75″ range. This is enough to not only keep dormant grass alive but also green it up a little bit but it is not enough to make for a lush or thriving lawn on its own.
  • For the first weekend this year, I didn’t mow my personal lawn which doesn’t have a sprinkler system. It’s still green thanks to ProLawns, mowing high and strategic sprinkler use but it doesn’t need to be mowed.
  • In the month of June, our service area received 3-4″ less rain than a normal summer. It is dry! We got less than 25% of our normal rainfall National Weather Service
  • Despite the weather, lawns are looking pretty good.

What we’re doing:

  1. We’re working to finish up all the great stuff we’re doing this round from Premium Granular Fertilizer to Grub Prevention.
  2. We’re also going to get out to do our stress-relieving and recovery aid soil improvement applications.
  3. Lastly, we’ll be out doing mosquito and insect pest control this week.

What you can be doing:

Without a sprinkler system:

  1. Continuing mowing as high as possible. Like I mentioned in “What we’re noticing”; without regular irrigation, grass growth has slowed significantly due to the weather. If the lawn doesn’t need it, don’t mow and stress it unnecessarily. Be sure to not just “skip a week” and then cut way too much off the following week. This would stress the lawn much worse. Stick to the 1/3 rule where no more than 1/3 of the grass blade is cut off when you mow. The ideal scenario is to transition into a ~10 day mowing schedule until we get more regular rain.
  2. Continue to run sprinklers on the full sun and poor soil areas as needed to maintain health and color. Watering Flow Chart. Keep an eye out for pre-drought stressed purpling of the turf. Reference the last section of this page for visual cues to your turf needing water.

With a sprinkler system:

  1. Weekly mowing should still be perfectly appropriate and we recommend mowing as high as possible as well to conserve water and maintain turf robustness. Even though we got a bit of rain, we’re still well below average for the growing season.
  2. With the rain we had and if your lawn doesn’t show any signs of stress (yellow or purple) a normal irrigation schedule should be fine. Watering Flow Chart