Southwestern Deserts

June, 2005
Regional Report

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Lawn Watering Guide
This Phoenix Lawn Watering Guide site gives step-by-step instructions for determining how long to run your lawn irrigation and provides FAQs on turf care.

Clever Gardening Technique

Reduce Fertilizer Use on Lawns
Mulching mowers reduce the size of the grass clippings so they can be left on the lawn after mowing. They will quickly decompose and return about 25 percent nitrogen. Thus, the total amount of fertilizer applied can be reduced by 25 percent. It's important to mow regularly so large clumps of grass aren't left behind to shade and weaken the turf. Also, don't mow grass when wet, which leaves behind green slimy messes.

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