Don’t mow as deep
Suzanne Tucker/Shutterstock Try letting your lawn grow a few inches to help it better tolerate drought conditions in warmer months. (Cool-season grasses can grow up to 3½ to 4 inches, while most warm-season grasses are shorter.) Roots grow deeper and lawns thicker, which means fewer pests, less disease and a decreased need for chemical intervention. Try out these other tips to mow like a pro.
Diego Cervo/Shutterstock Native plants are accustomed to their area’s growing conditions, so they’re a smart low-maintenance option. Once established, they generally require less water and have fewer pest and disease problems. Native wildlife love them, too, as they’re a fantastic source for food and shelter. Check with your local nursery or extension service to see which species are appropriate for the growing conditions in your neck of the woods. New to the whole gardening thing? Here are some tips for beginners.