Give some turf types water, let other types go dry. During June, zoysia, Bermuda, and buffalo grass lawns may go dormant; save yourself a lot of time and water and let them! Other turf grasses such as St. Augustine will continue to need water.
Adjust your mower. Regardless of your grass type, raise your mower cutting height to help your lawn weather the heat.
Keep deadheading. Remove spent flowers on certain perennials and annuals for continued blooms. And enjoy the last part of the first growing season before the heat sets in.
Karen Beaty is a horticulturalist at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.
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