The Best Time To Water Grass, Plus Other “Need-to-Knows” for July

You may need to swap out your mop.

Water your lawn at the best time of day
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Someone, somewhere probably gave you some bad information, which is why you may have some bad habits.

Here are three things you need to stop doing in July:

#1 Stop Watering Grass at Night

Silhouette of home at night | Stop watering lawns in morning
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Running the sprinklers late at night might seem smart, since it's cool and you're less likely to soak dog walkers. But without sun to dry grass, water clings, encouraging fungal growth. Instead, water your lawn in the morning, when the air is still cool, and the sun's on its way.

#2 Stop Closing Vents in Unused Rooms

White metal floor vent in herringbone wood floor

It seems so logical: If you close the vents (or doors) to rooms you're not using, you won't have to pay to cool those rooms. But alas, your HVAC will work just as hard, no matter how many vents are open. You may even wind up throwing the whole system off-balance, decreasing efficiency and costing you more money.

#3 Stop Using String Mops

String mop on a vintage bathroom tile floor
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Use microfiber mops; they're cleaner! One study of health care facilities (where clean really counts) showed disinfectant cleaner applied with string mops only reduces microbial levels by 68%, compared to microfiber mops at 95%. Those stats are worth a mop swap.

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Kelley Walters is a Southern writer and editor. She focuses on interior design and home improvement at outlets from HGTV to Paintzen. She lives in Italy a month every year, drinking Negronis and writing in internet cafes.