When it comes to making your lawn stand out – whether dealing with weeds, getting rid of pesky insects or simplifying maintenance – CSU Extension has the resources to get you pointed in the right direction.
Watering Best Practices
Creating a beautiful and healthy lawn doesn’t just happen, it takes work and planning. But, by being thorough with your lawn care you can avoid common problems.
Dead Spots Left By Dogs
Dog urine is a common culprit of dead spots found on the lawn. Straw-colored grass or dead spots with dark green borders are common in lawns where dogs are present. The concentrated salts in the urine of dogs, particularly female dogs, cause these spots.
Explore resources to remedy dog spots:
Selecting new grass for your lawn can be an opportunity to introduce a species or variety that gives better drought resistance and water use efficiency, increased pest resistance, and better lawn appearance.
It’s hard not to love xeriscaping when you see how gorgeous the low-maintenance mature landscapes can become. Xeric plants are visually appealing and can help achieve 30 to 80 percent water savings when combined with a clear planting strategy as well as proper irrigation practices and system design. But, for those of us not ready to give up all our grass, xeriscaping can be a great turf alternative in difficult locations like:
- Steep slopes that are impractical for lawns or a mowing hazard
- Hot, dry areas on south and west exposures
- Landscaped medians, parking strips, traffic islands and rights-of-way along streets
- Deeply shaded areas beneath trees or shrubs, along north sides of walls and fences, between buildings and in front of low windows.