How to Grow a Lawn in Idaho That Resists Drought, Weeds, & Insect Invasion

In the quest to grow a healthy and beautiful lawn, preventative measures reap the most rewards. The hot and dry summers we get in Idaho can take a toll on your lawn and leave it susceptible to drought, insects, and weeds, but with proper preparation and a quality lawn care routine, you can help your lawn resist these threats.

To help your lawn look its best, implement a proper watering schedule, book an aeration treatment to reduce soil compaction, and nourish and protect your lawn with fertilizer and weed control treatments. With these boxes checked off, your lawn is sure to thrive despite the summer heat!

Monitor your soil’s moisture level to properly water your lawn.

A primary factor in achieving a healthy lawn is a proper watering routine! Underwatered and overwatered lawns are common mistakes that lead to issues for lawns in our area.

To keep an eye on this, consistently monitor the soil’s moisture level as the temperature changes so that you’re never watering too much or too little. How much water a lawn needs will depend on the air temperature, amount of sun exposure, and the number of mature plants competing for water and nutrients.

By measuring and monitoring the moisture level, you’ll be able to stay on top of any change that occurs so that your lawn is happily hydrated year-round!

Water your lawn longer and less frequently to encourage the development of a deep root system!

Routine core aeration will reduce soil compaction and promote good root health.

Another key factor for proper lawn care is getting routine core aeration treatments done. Over time, your soil may become compacted, suppressing root growth so that the grass will grow less, thin out, and eventually die. Regular aeration breaks up compaction to help promote root health and allows water, air, and nutrients to reach your lawn’s root zone.

A good root system is pivotal to having a lush and weed-free lawn because it fortifies your lawn’s defenses! Additionally, overseeding in the fall alongside aeration helps introduce new and improved seed genetics into your lawn, resulting in a lawn that is stronger overall.

According to the University of Idaho, aeration should be scheduled annually or, for lawns with serious compaction problems, twice a year.

Weed control and fertilization will bolster your lawn against health threats like weeds, pests, and drought.


Pellets of brown natural granular fertilizer in spreader in Meridian, ID.


Investing in preventative weed control measures in early spring will help greatly on your journey to achieving a healthy lawn. The application of an early spring pre-emergent is one of the biggest time-savers to help combat and prevent weeds in your landscape. Without it, grass and weeds compete for resources and space on a lawn – and unfortunately, often the weeds will win out.

Fertilization will nourish your lawn so that it can grow strong root systems. With a bolstered root system, your grass will become resilient to health threats – including lawn pests and drought – and will be able to bounce back when these threats do occur.

Weeds often invade lawns that are under or overwatered, improperly fertilized, poorly mowed, or highly compacted.

Strengthen the health of your lawn with our lawn care program. Call today to enroll!

As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” We firmly stand behind that policy at Zing Services and have created a lawn care program specialized to the needs of turf in the Eastern Idaho region for the best possible preparedness, including fertilization, weed control, and more. We can help you grow a healthy lawn that resists drought, weeds, and insect invasions!

Our services are available to residential, commercial, and HOA property owners in the Treasure Valley area, including the Treasure Valley, Middleton, Star, and surrounding cities in Idaho.

Get in touch with our office today by calling 208-585-9400  and enroll in our professional lawn care program!