It may seem like having a lawn is a waste of precious water (especially in California) and sometimes it is. But if you properly manage your lawn, you can make it look amazing with minimal water. Here are some things you can look into to make sure your lawn is at its healthiest.

Check Out Your Soil

Healthy soil is the key to keeping your lawn alive. Your lawns roots should be deep in order to stay green during a drought. If your lawn has thatch, is too compact, or has poor pH it can have a negative impact on your lawn. It’s also important to aerate your lawn as well as fertilize it. When your lawn has a healthy root system, it can survive easily on little water.

Manage Your Water

Living in Fresno and Clovis, you know that there are water restrictions on when you can water your lawn. But this probably isn’t the reason why your lawn is dying. It could be your irrigation system. If you have an old irrigation system, it probably waters the sidewalk more than it waters your lawn. New irrigation systems can maximize the efficiency of watering your lawn under restrictions. Smart dials can address what your grass needs in your climate, your grass type, and soil type to give your grass the amount of water it needs down to the minute.

Get a Drought-Tolerant Grass

Drought-tolerant grasses require less water than most grasses. Types of drought-tolerant grasses include fescues, bluegrass, hybrid bermuda grass, zoysia grass, and more. Drought-tolerant grasses require anywhere from 3/4 inch to 1/4 inch of water twice a week.

Don’t Stress Your Lawn More Than It Already Is

Droughts are really stressful for lawns, which is what causes them to brown and possibly die. Try to do as little as possible to your lawn during the hot summer months. Mow as little as possible, don’t de-thatch, don’t aerate, and avoid foot traffic. Save these lawn care remedies for autumn when it cools down.