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The definitive guide to Orange County lawn care

Laguna Beach. Photo by Taylor Miles.

You gotta love OC, home to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Newport Beach and tons of other attractions. If you’re lucky enough to life in this California hotspot, read on for Orange County lawn care information tailored to your climate conditions and soil type.

Local soil types

Orange County encompasses several cities, so it’s no surprise that there are several varieties of soil in the area. Laguna Beach and many inland locations, for example, have predominantly sandy loam soil (a mix of sand, silt and clay), while you’ll find clay soil along the Newport Coast, in Costa Mesa and in several other areas.

We always recommend performing a test to make sure the soil has the correct pH level. (Depending on your soil type, the pH should fall somewhere between 5 and 8.5.) Ask a Lawn Love professional for advice if you’re unsure of how to proceed.

Growing the right grass

Water conservation should always be a priority, especially in drought-ridden California. To cut down on water usage, choose a drought-resistant variety of turfgrass.

Bermuda grass scores high for heat and drought tolerance. It’s also a warm-season grass, which works well in Southern California’s climate. St. Augustine is another warm-season variety that can tolerate heat, but it’s a bit less drought-tolerant than the former option.

If you already have grass installed but aren’t been seeing optimal results, check out our guide to properly watering your lawn.

Maintenance

Once you have the right materials, it’s all about keeping things healthy by following the optimal mowing and watering schedule. To conserve water, run the sprinklers in the morning between 8am and 10am. When it comes to mowing, follow this easy rule: Never cut more than one third of a grass blade’s height.

Of course, it’s always best to get an in-person diagnosis—think of us as lawn doctors. Schedule an appointment with a Lawn Love professional to receive care specifically tailored to your grass’ needs.

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