Summer has arrived and hot weather means a lot of stress on our lawns. So beat the heat by preparing your lawn with these six tips. These six tips will ensure your lawn stays lush, healthy, and beautiful throughout the remainder of summer. These tips should be followed roughly from mid-May to late-August
Keep Your Grass Long
If a lawn is cut too short, it reduces the plants ability to produce energy for growth. Keeping grass a little longer in the heat of summer helps the roots extend deeper into the earth, keeping weeds from coming up and competing for water. Since the turf is denser, it requires less water. A height of about 4 inches is often the rule of thumb during the summer months.
Water Your Lawn Thoroughly and Less Often
Most lawns require about an inch of water per week to stay healthy. An irrigation system is ideal for lawn hydration, but no matter how the lawn is watered the time of day makes a difference. Deep, infrequent watering during the morning hours allows moisture to be more efficiently absorbed by the root system.
Once you start to water, don’t stop! Less frequent, deeper waterings are better than frequent shallow ones. Watering for longer periods of time less often will promote deeper roots, greater drought tolerance, and less maintenance. To encourage deep and healthy root growth, you should water your lawn deeply once a week. To help you adapt to this schedule, install a sprinkler controller to take care of it for you.
Use Proper Mowing Rules
This may be the most important aspect of a green lawn once we get into the heat of summer. Mowing damage can scorch your lawn beyond recovery, leaving burnt streaks in the pattern of your mowing passes. Whether you use a self-propelled lawn mower or riding lawn mower any other type, it is important to keep it properly maintained by ensuring your mowing blades are kept sharp, unlike blunt blades that tear the grass.
The time of day you mow is also very important. Mornings are the best to mow, and never in the afternoon when the sun is at its hottest. The combination of the hot motor and the heat from the sun can burn your lawn. Mowing damage can scorch your lawn beyond recovery, leaving burnt streaks.
Fertilizing / Insect & Disease Monitoring
During summer months, the lawn still requires a food source to keep healthy levels of growth. Applying a slow-release fertilizer gives the plant nutrient source while safeguarding against the summer heat and disease problems. If you have splotches or brown spots that do not go away with proper watering, there may be an insect/disease problem. Many insects are active during the hot and dry months, and if they become a problem it’s best to contact a technician to help manage this issue.
Compost Your Kitchen and Garden Waste for Greener Grass.
Composting your grass clippings is a great way to reduce waste and help your garden and lawn grow. Additionally, you can compost other waste from the garden and even from your kitchen. Adding compost to your soil is one of the best ways to green up your grass and all your garden plants.
Preparing your grass for summer will take discipline, but the reward will be worth it when having a healthy lawn on the block that will make your neighbors green with envy. Give us a call if you’re having any trouble and would like us to help you out!