Attack grubs: If lawn grubs are an issue in your lawn, prevent further damage by applying grub-control product that continues to work throughout the season. The best time to do this is in early June.
Mow as needed: Because most grasses in this region like it cool, they won't grow as fast when temperatures go over 80 degrees F. During hot, dry periods, it may only need mowing once every two or three weeks (wait for it to grow about 3 inches tall). In cooler, moister weather patterns, mow enough to keep it from getting more than 3 inches tall -- that could be every week or more than once a week.
Water wisely: Allow your grass to take a summer nap during hot, dry weather if you don't mind it turning brown. When the rains come again, it'll go green and start growing again. If you don't like the look of a brown lawn, select drought-tolerant types such as buffalograss or plan on giving your lawn about 1 inch of water a week.
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