Summer heat can take a toll on your turf. It’s hard to keep your yard looking quality if your lawn-care program falls short. Mowing too low, watering too little, or ignoring signs of pests are just the beginning of problems with your lawn. The seven tips below are ways that you can make sure your lawn is looking great all summer long.
Mow at the Right Height
In the summer, adjust your mower height to leave grass taller. Taller grass shades soil, which reduces water evaporation, leads to deeper roots, and prevents weed seeds from germinating. Ideal mowing height varies with the grass type. Also, make sure you time your mowings so that you don’t remove more than one-third of the leaf surface at a time.
If you want healthy grass, the best results come from watering your lawn deeply and infrequently. Check your local water authority for recommended irrigation schedules. Also, discover tips on how much water a lawn needs and the basics of lawn watering in these articles.
Clean Up After Your Pooch
The family dog is capable of causing dead spots all over the lawn. The best solution is to create a mulched or pebbled area and train your dog to use that area instead of the grass. Just be sure to keep waste picked up and dispose of it properly. If your lawn is already suffering from dead spots, flush the area with water to dilute the urine or waste in the soil.
Avoid Parking on the Grass
Driving or parking on the lawn is never a good idea if you’re trying to maintain your grass’ beauty. It leads to soil compaction, which can cause a host of other problems, including dead grass. During drought or times of excessive heat, it’s even wise to limit foot traffic on grass to avoid damaging turf crowns.
Let Clippings Lie
If you’re mowing grass at the right height, you can let your clippings lie on the lawn. This practice is called ‘grasscycling’ and it saves you time, money and fertilizer.
Sharpen Your Mower Blade
A dull blade tears grass and creates ragged, brown edges. Keep your blade sharpened regularly. The rule of thumb is that a sharp blade lasts for ten hours of mowing. Consider purchasing a second blade so that you’ll always have a sharp blade at the ready.
Pick Up Litter
Summer activities (especially with kids) can result in toys, water games, lawn chairs, or tools being left on the turf. Make sure you always pick up litter and family fun items to avoid damaging the grass or creating dangerous obstacles while mowing.
Finally, make sure you apply weed control. In late summer/early fall, this helps to control existing weeds and prevent new ones. Read the label carefully and follow instructions to avoid possibly hurting your lawn or not getting the best results.
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