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Colorado’s Desert Climate (and What it Means for Your Lawn)

 

Colorado’s Desert Climate (and What it Means for Your Lawn)

The unique geography of Colorado’s Front Range brings with it unique weather. It may rain every afternoon in the mountains, but Fort Collins’ average yearly precipitation is only 16 inches. This arid climate can be tough on Colorado lawns.

If you’d like a lush lawn on 16 inches of moisture a year, you’ll need to make sure you’re watering your grass correctly. Buffalo grass, Blue Grama and Bermuda grass can stay green for weeks without watering, while some species of bluegrass and ryegrass need more than 2 inches of water a week during hot, windy weather.

Proper watering will allow moisture to sink down as much as 6 inches to hydrate your grass’ roots. But keep in mind that grass growing on sandy soil needs more water than grass growing on loam or clay soil. We recommend watering at night for maximum absorption.

An Easy Tell

Healthy lawns can rebound quickly from injury. You can tell when your grass is too dry when footprints in the grass don’t disappear within an hour.

Mowing and Mulching

Colorado lawns need at least 2 inches of height, and between 2.5 and 3 inches is best for heat tolerance year-round. Mulching mowers put cut-up grass clippings back into the lawn for an extra source of nutrients.

Additional Lawn Care

Power raking and aeration can help reduce thatch buildup in the lawn, while careful fertilizing will give the grass the nutrition it needs.

Is your lawn as healthy as it can be? Let’s chat. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!