You don't have to waste a lot of money or water in your quest for that perfect green patch of grass that'll make your neighbours envious. The Simple Dollar offers several maintenance tips that not only keep costs low but also help you mow less often.
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Among them: Don't water your lawn. It sounds counter-intuitive, but as Trent notes, the lawn will only die without water when there's a drought-like situation (and in that case, you're better off saving your water anyway). This is part of a two-pronged strategy. The second part is to only cut your grass before it's going to rain, so the taller grass can provide shade and protection for the ground, conserving water.
I generally don’t cut the grass unless the forecast has a chance of rain that’s higher than 60% within the next 48 hours. This simple rule kept our grass green for a very long time during the drought summer of 2012. Although it did eventually turn yellow in places, it stayed green far longer than many lawns on our block (excepting the ones with a sprinkler system).
Check out the post below for many other frugal lawn care tips — and remember to obey any local rules regarding the times or days you can water.
Nine Ways to Save Money on Caring for Your Lawn [The Simple Dollar]