Summer Lawn Care
Summer in the south can wreak havoc on your lawn if it is not properly taken care of. Since so much time is spent outside in the warm weather, you want your grass to be healthy and your yard looking beautiful. Create a summer schedule for your lawn with these tips.
- Mow higher. The taller grass blades help it develop deeper roots and absorb water better. It will also shade the soil and keep it cool, which means you may not have to water it as often.
- Feed the grass early in the summer. This will strengthen your lawn to help it push through the infamous southern heat.
- When you mow your grass, leave the clippings there. They essentially recycle themselves to help feed your lawn, saving extra fertilizer costs in the long run.
- Keep weeds at bay. Spot-treat any weeds that may pop up so that your grass remains unharmed.
- Continue to fertilize the grass. This will promote healthy growth through the warm weather.
- Water the grass deeply, but infrequently. If the weather is hot and dry, it can use up the moisture in the soil quicker. This leads to reduced growth, wilted grass blades, and higher chances of weeds. Water it once or twice a week and be sure it reaches 4-6 inches deep. To test this, you can push a screwdriver into the soil to see if you are met with resistance. If so, the grass needs more watering.
- Aim to water your grass in the mornings. Not only will this save you some sweat and dehydration, but the lawn will also lose less water if it is added earlier in the morning.
- Keep your mower blades sharpened. If they are dull, the grass will tear and lose moisture quicker.
- Continue treating weeds. This is especially important to take care of before fall hits!
- Overseed the grass if needed. If you have any bare patches or thinning spots, sowing additional seed can thicken it up again.
If there are any aspects of lawn care you may be unsure about, reach out to a local professional that can give you tips and the best care possible for your specific grass situation.