If you have an older lawn, the risk of turf fungus disease may increase with more water and fertilizer. Newer lawns are grown from improved seeds that are less prone to disease. Good preventive practice is to schedule your watering so that the lawn is dry long before the sun goes out. Consider starting on the north or east side of the house where it will take longer to dry and finish if exposed to the south or west.

For those who forego watering, the lawn will stay green as long as it rains. It will rest when the weather gets hot and dry.

Homeowners will find many cost savings with this option. Not only do they use less water, but also less fertilizer, as dormant grass does not need fertilization. A dormant lawn also needs to be mowed less often, which means less fuel for the mower.

One of the best ways to keep your lawn looking its best is to mow higher, more frequently, and with a sharp mower blade.

“The higher blade of grass also provides shade to the ground and helps to maintain the existing soil moisture,” says Hentschel. “That is very good for the lawn, regardless of whether you water or not.”

You also don’t have to figure out what to do with all that clippings, as long as it doesn’t choke the lawn.

To keep your grass green for as long as possible, Hentschel recommends fertilizing the lawn annually with high quality black dirt or other organic matter that absorbs and stores water so that the lawn can be used later.