Though I dislike this activity, I know a bit about it, so here's what I hope to be some useful information on the subject.
The experts say you should cut no more than 1/3rd off the grass blades when mowing for the most healthy lawn. They also say mulching the clippings are the best option for lawn health. Eighty percent of the fertilizer we put on our lawns goes into the blades of the grass. If we bag the clippings, we are throwing away money. Mulching the clippings returns many nutrients quickly back to the lawn.
Maintaining one's landscape in North Texas is much easier when "xeriscaping". This is the practice of landscaping in such a way that the need for additional irrigation is reduced or eliminated. Yaupon hollies, crepe myrtles, sage, lantana, nandinas, red tipped photinias, live oak, and many other species thrive in the Texas heat with minimal watering. If you see these plants doing poorly after planting and watering them in, try cutting back on the water. They may be drowning.
The best grass for the North Texas climate is buffalo grass. It is the only indigenous species though most lawns in the suburbs are Bermuda. Buffalo grass is not popular because it grows best and crowds out weeds and rival species when kept at a height of 4 or 5 inches or greater. Most people prefer their lawns cut to 2-3 inches. Bernuda grass is most popular in North Texas but requires additional watering to keep it from going dormant and turning brown in the summer heat. Both of these species need full sun to grow well. A few well placed shade trees will kill off large areas of these lawn grasses.
Most native plants need less than 1 inch of water per week and they probably get what they need from regular rainfall. Even a Bermuda lawn only needs 1 inch of water per week to keep from going dormant. St. Augustine has much greater water demands in our climate though it is much more shade tolerant if there are several trees blocking sunlight from reaching the ground.
At times, yardwork is a nice respite from the day-to-day job/family/life stresses but usually it is just another task that must be done. With some planning we can minimize the amount of time we need to spend maintaining our lawns.
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