Tips for Summer Lawn Care
Summer is finally here, and every homeowner wants their lawn to thrive. Summer can be a difficult time for your lawn because of the excessive heat and extended periods without rain. Check out the summer lawn care tips to keep your yard green this year.
Lawns require at least one inch of water each week to thrive. During periods of drought, grass requires even more water. You can use a rain gauge to measure rainfall. Water early in the day or set your sprinklers to water right after sunrise. Watering during the hottest part of the day can lead to burnt grass and fungal growth. It is best to water infrequently and saturate the soil to encourage the roots to grow deeper. Short roots cause stressed out grass during droughts. Grass will go dormant during this period and turn brown, but not die, as long as it gets some water every 3-4 weeks. It will stay that way until the temperatures drop and more rainfall begins, and then turn green again naturally.
Mow Your Lawn
Everyone knows that summer lawn care involves mowing your grass. Taller grass tolerates drought conditions better because the roots have time to grow deeper. Longer roots reach down and find moisture more easily during hot days. Cool season grass should be mowed at three to four inches. Warm season grasses need to be mowed at two to three inches tall. You can set the blades to the highest setting to ensure you don’t mow the grass too short. Instead of collecting the grass clippings, let them lay in the grass because it keeps moisture levels steady.
Make sure to mow regularly and remember to sharpen your blades! Dull blades will tear and shred your grass, which makes it more likely to turn brown, increasing your summer lawn care tasks. It is best to mow early in the day or to wait until the sun starts to go down. Freshly cut grass withstands sun damage easier.
Be Careful Fertilizing
You might be tempted to fertilize in the middle of summer, but resist the temptation. The best recommendation is to stop fertilizing 30 days before the temperatures increase. Fertilizing your lawn when the temperatures are high leads to burnt grass. Also, never fertilize a dormant lawn! Try using an organic fertilizer that is slow-release. These fertilizers are less likely to burn your lawn than fertilizers containing chemicals.
No one wants their lawn to be full of weeds, so you have to be vigilant with your weed control methods. Failure to control weeds now allows the seeds to disperse and bloom next year. Certain herbicides kill the turf, especially when temperatures are higher than 85 F. When the temperatures are high, try hand pulling weeds instead.
There are homemade weed killers you can try as well that use vinegar as the base. Many people who practice natural summer lawn care swear by these sprays!