23 Jul Lawn Care During The Hot Summer Months
Taking care of your lawn during summer can be stressful especially when you have an inefficient lawn care program. It is the things we do before and during this season that determine the overall health and appearance of your lawn. Regardless of weather conditions, extreme temperatures and soil type, understanding the ideal growing conditions for your lawn will make it easier for you to maintain a healthy lawn. Below are seven summer lawn care tips that can help you mitigate the seasonal damage on your lawn.
- Lawn mowing
During summer, adjust the mowing height to leave taller grass especially if your lawn is likely to experience drought-like conditions. Taller grass prevents water loss through evaporation. It also leads to the development of deep roots and prevents the germination of weed seeds. This will, in turn, improve your lawn health during summer. However, remember that the ideal height of mowing varies with the type of grass. Another mowing tip is to sharpen the mower blade regularly to avoid damaging the grass.
- Water properly
For the healthiest lawn during summer, consistent deep watering is necessary. Watering your lawn infrequently, maybe once a week is sufficient – It prevents the grass from going dormant (turning brown). Water in such a way that you aim at creating a deep root system to prevent the grass from drying out during hot summer days. Reduce the watering frequencies gradually but ensure the water reaches all roots
Avoid watering your lawn at night to prevent mold and other fungi from blooming as well as creating a perfect environment for breeding lawn diseases. You can also consider checking with your cooperative extension office or local water authority for the recommended irrigation schedules.
- Avoid parking or walking on the grass.
Driving, parking or walking on the lawn leads to soil compaction, which in turn results to dead grass. It is wise to stay off the lawn especially during the hot summer months to avoid damage. Instead, consider using stones, pavers or any other available option.
- Grass Clippings
The grass clippings and waste produced during mowing should be left on the lawn rather than collecting the. These grass clippings add nutrients to the soil, provide additional shade and prevent excessive water loss; contributing to the growth of a healthy lawn.
However, do not forget to pick up litter left on the grass that might cause damage grass. These include toys, damaged lawn chairs, and gardening tools
- Weed Control
During late summer or early fall, use physical control measures to eliminate weeds and prevent the growth of new ones. To maintain a healthy lawn, all herbicides and chemical treatments should be avoided unless advised by a licensed and certified professional. These include weed sprays, fungicides, and insecticides.
- Controlled use of Fertilizers.
The best time to apply fertilizers on your lawn is during the fall and spring seasons; not during summer. If you must apply fertilizer on your lawn on a hot day, ensure you do it early in the morning and water the lawn deeply. Ensure the fertilizer is watered way from the grass completely and into the soil. However, for safety reasons, experts recommend that you do not fertilize your lawn during the hottest months of the summer season.
- Emergency Measures
Use of wetting agents on the lawn allows effective distribution and best use of water in the soil. The summer heat often leads to most types of soils drying out and cannot hold water for long. Wetting agents allows the soil to retain water for longer periods during summer
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