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Keeping Lawns Green While Cutting Water

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    Keeping Lawn Green While Cutting Water

    Amid the California drought, one San Diego landscaper says it's still possible to keep your lawn green while also saving water. NBC 7's Vanessa Herrera shares the story on April 14, 2015. (Published Friday, April 17, 2015)

    Save your lawn and water? A local landscaper says it’s possible.

    In March, Gov. Jerry Brown said green lawns are a thing of the past. But local landscaper Dominic Carlos of Four Seasons Aeration told NBC 7 you can spend little to no money on your lawn and keep it green -- while conserving water.

    Among the free ways to save your grass, the first thing Carlos recommends is not cutting it too short. Bermuda grass can be left about a half inch to one inch tall.

    The other common type of grass found in San Diego, tall fescue, can be left even longer, at about two to three inches in length. Carlos said you don’t want to cut your grass too short because the water in the soil will evaporate quicker.

    Next, check your sprinklers. And then check them again. You can’t check them enough, according to Carlos. Make sure they’re doing what they’re supposed to and not watering the sidewalk or street.

    If your lawn already has some brown spots, “Just go out there once a week, hit it with the hose. Don’t depend on your sprinkler systems. Hit it with the hose,” he said. You really only need to soak the ground once a week.

    Now for lawn care tips that will put a little dent in your wallet, but won’t break the bank. Aerating one to two times a year can save 20 to 50 percent of water.

    “It’ll retain the moisture better because water will fall in between the leaves, get down in there, and then it prevents more evaporation,” said Carlos.

    His other suggestion is a new fertilizer formula called Moisture Management. Once applied to your soil, it promises to cut your watering by 50 percent. This product, Carlos said, should be applied roughly every three months.