Valley Green’s 6 Drought Tips for Keeping Your Lawn Green

Water Ban

If you notice any of the following signs, you should do a thorough watering as soon as possible to help your lawn stay out of drought mode, if your municipality allows it:
• change in color (dull gray, blue/green at first);
• lingering prints or marks after stepping or driving on grass; and,
• folded or rolled grass blades/wilting.

Lawns rarely need to be watered every day. Keep your grass healthy with about one inch of water per week.

If you’re using sprinklers, make sure they distribute water evenly and deeply throughout the lawn. If you find patches of dry, discolored grass, you’ll know the watering isn’t even.

Taller grass will help protect your soil from drying out. Depending on your lawn’s species, set your mower deck higher – anywhere from 3-½-5 inches tall – to protect the soil and help conserve water.
Also, mowing less frequently helps the grass stay higher and healthier, because you’ll be cutting less of the blade off each time.

You may be used to throwing out your clippings, but it’s best to spread them on your lawn. Spread them evenly to give it an extra source of nutrients, as well as moisture and shade to help the soil retain moisture.

The sharper your blades, the smoother your cut will be and the more accurate your height setting will be. Be sure to sharpen them often.

Heat wave lawncare: 5 Tips for green grass all Summer


1. Keep your lawn long. Longer lawns do a better job of retaining water and standing up to heat. If you can, wait for a cooler day to mow and you will minimize water loss.

2. Be careful not to over fertilize your lawn. Extreme heat and too much lawn fertilizer are a bad combination. You’re likely to damage your lawn if you over apply.

3. Water in the early morning. Early morning watering is a good idea for lawncare throughout the year, but during a heat wave, it is particularly useful in fighting evaporation, which dries out your garden.

4. Water deeply. Light and frequent watering might seem like a good idea for a parched lawn. But in fact, a deep watering two or three times a week works best, particularly during heat waves. Deeper watering helps the lawn extend its roots deeper into the soil, where moisture can be found even after the top inch or two of soil dries out.

5. Mow late or early. This last tip is for you! Don’t mow your lawn in the blazing sun of a 90-degree day. Skip the heat stroke and wait till evening.

Summer heat can be hard on your lawn. But with a little extra care, you and your lawn can both make it through to the cooler days ahead. By Dawn West, All About Lawns Columnist


Help Hints from ‘BEST REVIEWS’ – Best Deer Repellents

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Deer Out Concentrate Deer Repellent
Bottom Line: Extremely effective; manufacturer offers a 100% guarantee. Safe for use on food crops. Depending on time of year, you get weeks to months of protection from a single application.
Pros: Peppermint smell deters deer. Environmentally friendly: won’t harm birds, bees, pets. 32-oz. bottle of concentrate makes 2.5 gallons of repellent.
Cons: If deer are hungry enough, nothing may stop them, but at least you’ll be able to get your money back if your plants are devoured by a famished buck.

Predator Guard Deer Repel Natural Repellent Pouches
Bottom Line: An affordable option for repelling deer and rabbits without harming plants. All-natural, long-lasting repellent is guaranteed to work or your money back.
Pros: Economical and easy to use; simply hang pouches near problem areas. Natural, water-resistant, and straightforward. No offensive odor. Money-back guarantee.
Cons: You will get the best results from the pouches if you find a way to secure them; some reports of them being knocked down/carried away by animals.

Hoont Cobra Jet Spray Animal Repeller
Bottom Line: Ward off deer and other garden invaders AND give your lawn a bit of water at the same time. Motion-activated device scares away animal’s w/a strong water blast and accompanying clicking sound.
Pros: A humane way to deter deer and other animals. Safe yet powerful motion-activated water jet. Owners report that it works, and they are happy it doesn’t harm animals. Easy set-up.
Cons: If you forget to turn off the water source before walking into the area, YOU get sprayed. Animals might become accustomed to the device and ignore it. Batteries require periodic changing.

Predator Guard Predator Deterrent Light
Bottom Line: Solar-powered deterrent frightens nighttime garden raiders w/2 flashing LEDs. Deer are startled and flee, thinking a predator is watching. Includes screws and magnet for easy mounting.
Pros: Device charges itself via solar panel during the day and automatically turns on at night. Two powerful LEDs are visible for up to 1/2 mile, discouraging deer. Random flashing pattern keeps most deer from becoming accustomed to the device. Operates in any weather.
Cons: Mileage may vary; some deer learn to ignore the device, and if the animals are especially hungry, they’re likely to visit your garden regardless of deterrent.

I Must Garden Deer Repellent Spice Scent Spray
Bottom Line: Easy to use and very affordable, but you may be disappointed w/its effectiveness. It’s still a good option if you need minimal repellent action and budget is a concern.
Pros: Has the popular features of other models in a low-cost, simple-to-use spray. Long-lasting, rain-resistant, safe, and natural. Can be sprayed directly on plants you want to protect. Pleasant spicy smell.
Cons: Not as versatile as some competitor’s b/c not labeled for pests other than deer. Doesn’t prevent deer from eating some types of plants, and the nozzle occasionally clogs.

SOS Helpful Hint – Brown Spots

Brown Spots

Yay! Summer is almost here! But with the warm summer days approaching brown spots will most definitely appear on your lawn.

Most Brown spots are caused by lack of water and  cutting the grass too short!  If this is happing on your lawn, once your lawn  receives sufficient water, grass growth begins again and the brown spots will start to clear up.  Sufficient rain fall or watering and cutting no shorter than 3 inches is the key.

It’s important to follow as best you can our watering and cutting instructions from our Helpful Hints flyer.  This small step makes a big difference. It stops weeds from multiplying and helps the grass stay strong; save itself from drought during the hot summer months.

Give us a call if your lawn needs help 401-764-0740



Use A Sharp Blade – Fight of Pest and Disease:

The type of mower does not matter, but the blade’s condition does. A dull blade tears at the grass. Take a close look at a grass blade a few days after mowing. If the bald is dull you will notice a jagged brown line across the tip of the cut grass. This is a good indication that your blade needs sharpening. Professional mowers sharpen their blades ‘about every 8 hours of use. For most homeowners, twice a year is recommended. The jagged edges caused by a dull mower blade make it more difficult for the grass to fight off pests and disease.





Moss grows in yards as a result of too much moisture, too shady and or poorly maintained lawns.


Keeping trees and shrubs trimmed decreases heavy shade and poor air circulation which is needed for maintaining a healthy lawn. It is also a natural way in killing moss by alleviating damp, shady conditions.

Poorly Maintain Lawn
Improving pH levels for ideal lawn grass growth, applying organic fertilizer and properly aerating lawns every two years keep moss levels controlled.
Well maintain lawn creates a strong root system and that produces a healthy lawn. Healthy lawns choke out moss and other weeds naturally.

Avoiding overwatering or watering at night deprives moss of the moisture it needs to thrive.

Helpful Tip
Physically removing moss with a hand tool in areas where growth is thick kills moss quickly. Sprinkling baking soda or a solution of 1 ounce of lemon dish soap in 1 quart of water kills moss and makes removal easier.

Help! My lawn is dying.

Lawn Dying

A common concern all homeowners have, why is my lawn turning brown? Is my lawn dying? The answer is no. Your lawn is actually sleeping also known as dormant. This process of protection normally occurs in the winter, but can also occur in the summer. Should you be concerned about your sleeping lawn? This question can be answered two ways; No and Yes.

The reason for NO is because the lawn is not dead. Once treated properly you will be able to revive your lawn. The reason for YES is because; when a lawn goes dormant it is due to LACK OF WATER. In which, lack of water is never a good thing whether or not it’s been a harsh summer with extreme degrees of heat or the homeowner has just not been watering enough.

If you want to help conserve water or just don’t have time to water your lawn regularly, letting your grass go dormant during the hottest months of the year can help. A dormant, or “sleeping,” lawn will turn brown, but with proper care the underground crown of the grass plant will survive. In fact, once the grass receives ample water again (either from natural precipitation or from a sprinkler), it will begin to green up and grow new leaves.