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Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
This lawn is not the lush green it usually is in the spring and early summer, but will survive on its own.

Train your lawn to get by on less

I am not a lawn expert but it seems to me the more you water and fertilize your grass, the more often you have to cut it. I don't enjoy cutting my lawn so I don't water and fertilize it.

In the past 25 years that I have lived in my home, I have never watered my lawn during drought conditions. The grass survives on its own. I cut my grass high and then leave it alone. A higher length enables the grass to survive the hot and dry weather.

I admit I don't have the perfect lawn, but my yard is more or less green despite the lack of rain this spring. I am saving my water for my vegetable garden and fruit trees.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)