9 Simple Ways To Care For Your Lawn In The Summer Heat
Summer is the time of year that we enjoy our lawns the most. But it is also the time of year that we should be giving our lawns the most attention. To keep your lawn healthy and vibrant during the hottest part of the year, keep these following nine points in mind.
1- Water Correctly
It is best to water deeply and infrequently. The general rule is to saturate the top six inches of soil and let it dry out before watering again. This ensures that the entire root system has access to moisture, but the soil does not get bogged down. Also, water in the morning. Watering in the afternoon leaves the lawn wet all night, which may promote fungus growth.
2- Know How To Mow
Let your lawn grow and show its beautiful green hue in the summer! Long grass shades the ground and prevents excessive evaporation, meaning you won’t have to water as much. Not only that, but longer grass is better able to make food because the more surface area that the sun has to shine on, the higher the rate of photosynthesis. When you do mow, don’t cut more than one-third of the length. Cutting too much at once causes the roots system to stop growing.
3- Let Your Lawn Eat… Itself!
Contrary to popular belief, letting clippings stay where they fall does not cause thatch. Even without a mulching deck, clippings, which are about 90 percent water, biodegrade quickly. What’s left will work into the soil and fertilize your lawn. This may mean that you will not have to fertilize as much.
4- Get Those Grubs
Grubs eat roots, especially the ones that make your lawn so pretty. Do you have a grub problem? Dig up a few pieces of sod. Each one should be about one square foot by a couple inches deep. If you see less than five grubs, there is nothing to worry about. If there is more than that, it is time to head to the garden supply store for some grub control. Diatomaceous earth and nematodes are two of the best treatments.
5- Use A Sharp Blade To Mow
When you use a dull blade, you are tearing your grass instead of cutting it. This turns the ends of the grass blades brown and robs your lawn of its lovely green color. A blade will generally keep a sharp edge for about ten hours of mowing. It is a good idea to have an extra blade on hand to use until you have a chance to get a dull one sharpened. Inspect blades regularly, and discard or repair any damaged blades that cannot be sharpened.
6- Fertilize In The Summer?
It depends. Is your lawn a heat lover, or does it like it cool? Find your local cooperative extension office for help determining the best time to fertilize. They can also help you figure out what type of grass you have, if you don’t know, and help with other things that are particular to your unique lawn. Remember, fertilize warm-season grasses in the summer, but wait for fall of spring for cool-season grasses.
7- Fight Weeds
If you have weeds or crabgrass in your lawn, it is generally best to apply control measures in the late summer. Don’t use any products that contain germination inhibitors if you plan to reseed in the fall.
Don’t let anything lay on your lawn. Things like toys, hoses, tools and cars block sunlight and water from getting to the grass. This can cause dead patches of lawn that may take more than a year to revive.
9- Bad Dog!
Don’t let Spot make spots on your lawn. If you can’t pick up his droppings as soon as he leaves them, consider creating a little doggy bathroom area made of mulch. If you notice dying patches caused by urine, flush right away with a bunch of water. For dead patches that you didn’t get to in time, either reseed of patch with sod.