The growing season reaches its apex as the days become longer and warmer. However, the excess heat that is produced during the summer months can put your lawn at serious risk. Discover how your lawn can thrive during the summer with our lawn care tips.
Effective Lawn Care Tips for Summer Generally Include:
Note: When an underlying problem emerges (e.g. badly damaged turf or bare spots) it can also require additional measures to be taken. Inspect your lawn grass regularly for indications of irregular texture and color, which could be signs that disease or lawn pests have caused damage.
Summer Watering Tips
Correct watering and adequate conservation are vital all year round, but it becomes especially important when hot and dry weather causes deficits of water or even drought. In accordance with your local guidelines, follow these watering tips to keep your lawn flourishing despite the dry summer months.
During your summer lawn care regimen watering your grass in the early hours of the morning is important so the moisture will stay longer on the lawn. If your lawn is under drought stress, a quick irrigation cycle will help cool the plant down during the warm afternoons. The best time to do this is between 4 and 6 p.m., and allows the lawn to dry before the sun goes down. This will prevent the spread of disease. A sprinkler irrigation system is the easiest way to water your grass efficiently and at the right time. Consider integrating a smart sprinkler system that can be used with standard sprinklers and controlled by a smart device. Find out more about correct watering techniques by checking out our section on watering tips.
Lawn Pest Control
Maintaining proper lawn care throughout the year can keep your yard healthy and assist in preventing disease, weeds, and any unwanted lawn pests. Put a stop to these lawn pests before they become a problem. Fight outdoor pests by applying lawn treatments for ticks, surface-feeding insects, fire ants as well as other insects. Contact Lawn Doctor to learn more about our outdoor pest control.
Another common pest are mosquitoes. Summer is when mosquitoes come out in full force, and these insects pose health risks for both people and pets. Learn more about Lawn Doctor’s mosquito control services to rid your lawn of mosquitoes and keep your family healthy.
In the summer, you might find grubs burrowing between the roots of grass and preventing your lawn from being healthy. Grubs make it difficult to implement your summer lawn care routine as they often contribute to brown patches. Trying to repair dead patches can be futile as the summer months press on. In order to minimize lawn damage, use grub control services as soon as you recognize a problem. To learn more about how to deal with grubs, check out our guide on grub control.
Weed Free Yard
Another important aspect of proper summer lawn care is to keep your yard free of weeds. The excess sunlight can lead to increased weed growth in the summer. These fast-growing plants can harm your grass and keep it from being strong and healthy. To treat the weeds in your lawn and soil, learn more about our weed treatment options.
Fertilizer is an important part of maintaining a healthy lawn during the summer. Summer fertilization will provide your soil with the nutrients it needs to grow green and lush despite the heat. The optimal time to start using fertilizer is during the early part of the summer to help prepare your lawn to withstand the hot and dry conditions of the season.
If you want to save on fertilizer, you can leave your grass clippings behind when you mow. This is another method of fertilization. Integrate this step into the beginning months of your summer lawn care routine for optimal results. This will help build a healthy lawn and save on fertilizer.
Maintain Your Landscape
Maintaining your landscape is another important aspect of summer lawn care. Properly maintained landscaping can add dimension to your home while increasing its value. Though most people with lawns typically focus purely on their yard and grass, it can be equally important not to neglect your trees and shrubs. These plants make up your lawn’s landscape, and it’s important to keep them healthy.
Proper mowing is an essential part of summer lawn care. Aim to keep your grass about three inches long throughout the growing season. In the summer, the best time to mow the lawn is mid-morning or early evening to avoid the hottest part of the day. As the summer progresses, routinely sharpen your mower blade or interchange it to maintain a clean cut.
On a hot summer day, you may want to mow your lawn in flip flops and shorts, but Lawn Doctor’s expert advice on performing summer lawn care will remind you that staying safe by wearing shoes with closed toes and long pants is highly recommended while working on your lawn.
Also, it is integral to remain hydrated by drinking lots of water when you are doing any work outside.
See Lawn Doctor’s mowing tips for more advice on mowing.
By Pamela Crawford, author, Easy Patio Veggies & Herbs
Photographs by Pamela Crawford
Pamela has written a great article about mixing herbs in containers. Herbs are natural companions with different textures for interest. The herb mix of parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme offers lots of flavor from a small combination loaded with textural interest.
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