How to Stop Watering Your Lawn


Although a lush and vibrant lawn provides pride and joy for many gardeners, the expense of watering and using that water to keep grass green may cause some people to rethink how they water their lawns. Instead of pouring water over your grass, consider instead the benefits of allowing your grass to grow in accordance with the rain that falls naturally. Although this may mean that your grass enters dormancy during drought periods, it will not die. Stop watering your lawn to save money and water, and watch how your grass survives without your irrigation measures.

Step 1

Mow your lawn during the period that it is actively growing. Mow the grass at a 2-inch height for optimal root strength.

Step 2

Skip fertilizing your lawn during the spring and summer to ensure it is not growing too energetically before any drought conditions begin. Fertilize your lawn in the autumn after it breaks dormancy.

Step 3

Allow your lawn to enter a dormancy stage during drought conditions. Do not water even when rain stops falling. Your grass will stop growing and will turn brown--this does not mean it is dead. The grass is simply dormant. As soon as rain falls again and temperatures cool down in late summer or early autumn, your grass will turn green again.

Tips and Warnings

  • New lawns (established for less than one year) should continue to have at least 1 inch of water during drought conditions due to the fragility of the new grass roots.

Things You'll Need

  • Lawn mower


  • The Master Gardeners: Water-wise Yard and Garden Care
  • Earth Easy: 25 Ways to Conserve Water in the Home and Yard
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Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributor to Natural News. She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. She began writing for Internet publications in 2007. She is interested in natural health and hopes to continue her formal education in the health field (nursing) when family commitments will allow.