June: Reduce chemical lawn fertilizers and pesticides; they can harm water quality in addition to bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects.
July: Raise mower height to 3 inches. Taller grass grows deeper roots making it more drought resistant and able to capture more rain water.
August: Mulch grass clippings back into your lawn for a natural fertilizer. Sweep up any excess clippings to ensure they do not wash into storm drains and pollute waterways with excess nitrogen.
March: Redirect water run-off from paved areas to flow into a grassy area or rain garden.
April: Plant native trees and shrubs to help control excess water.
May: Plant native plants. Native plant roots grow deeper, making them able to soak up more water and making them more drought resistant. Flowering plants also help attract pollinator birds, butterflies, and other native insects (which in turn feeds more birds).