Green Ways to Greener Grass

By Jeff Cheney | On


With recent rains, lawns are perking up in many neighborhoods. Keeping a beautiful lawn, even during dry spells, isn’t difficult but it does require some know-how.

This week’s WaterWise Workshop covers basic lawn care steps that are essential to encouraging deep root growth and maintaining healthy grass year-round.

Here are a few green tips for greener grass:

  • Select the right grass.  Several species of drought-tolerant grasses that grow well in North Texas. Bermuda and Buffalograss grow well in full sun. For shady areas, St. Augustine is a good choice. Zoysia performs well in sun and shade.
  • Mow at the right height.  Increase your mower height by one notch to reduce stress on your turf and allow it to survive dry conditions better.
  • Grow deep roots.  Water deeply and less often to encourage roots to grow deeper and more drought-tolerant. Use the Cycle and Soak Method which applies water slowly so the soil absorbs all that is applied.
  • Use organic fertilizer.  Fertilizers high in nitrogen can be harmful to your lawn.  They create excess top growth and hinder the turf’s ability to develop deep roots. Organic fertilizers are the best source for your lawn. Consider leaving grass clippings on the lawn as another means of organic fertilizer.

Learn all the Secrets
Attend this week’s WaterWise “Healthy Lawns 101” Workshop on Wednesday, May 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Our guest speaker, Gail Donaldson, has over 20 years of teaching experience in horticulture, serves on the Education Board for the Dallas Arboretum, and is a licensed irrigation professional.
Space is limited, please register by sending them an email

Source: Frisco WaterWise

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