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Lawns Prefer a Long Soak to A Short Sprinkle

Lawns don't like super-hot weather any more than you do. Here are some tips on helping your lawn survive the heat.

• Lawns only need one inch of water per week. If it's really hot, water more frequently.

• One long, deep watering with a sprinkler is better than several short spritzes with a hose. Long watering encourages deep root growth, which keeps the grass healthy. But don't overwater.

• To check if you've watered long enough, put an empty tuna or cat food can on the lawn under the sprinkler. When the can is full, turn off the sprinkler.

• Water early in the morning or after sundown. This will reduce evaporation of the water you've just applied to your lawn.

• Don't water when it's windy. You'll find yourself watering everything but the lawn.

• Set your lawn mower to its highest setting during the summer. Longer grass prevents evaporation of precious water.

I'd love to hear from readers who don't bother to water their lawns. Please email me at or leave a comment below.

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