Mid-Summer Lawn Care Advice to Ensure a Showcase Lawn all Summer Long
The heat has been turned up this July, which means summer activities and outdoor entertaining are in peak season. A blazing hot sun can be tough on the lawn even when summer showers offer relief, and can be particularly damaging with a series of dry days and nights. Undue stress to your grass can be minimized with regular care and attention, and, aside from watering and maintaining a regular mowing schedule, there are some other easy tips to ensure your lawn’s health.
Beginning with the basic watering and mowing, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- When it comes to watering your lawn, it should be done deeply, a proper soaking, less frequently. Yet the amount and frequency is really determined by the soil and grass type as well as the regional weather. Irrigation systems should be periodically adjusted to account for climate changes, and the local water authority can weigh in on recommended irrigation schedules.
- With mowing, it is often advised to leave grass taller in the summer to help shade the soil and reduce water evaporation. Timing the mowing is always important so that no more than a third of the grass height is removed.
- Consider grass-cycling rather than picking up and bagging grass clippings. This practice can actually fulfill 25% of your lawn’s fertilizing needs and will significantly reduce the time spent on mowing by leaving the clippings lie.
Other factors that may impact your lawn’s health this summer include both beloved pets and unwelcome pests, both of which may cause patches of grass to die:
- While we train our pets to “do their business” in the grass, it may not be doing your lawn any favors. As a result of dogs’ high protein diet, their urine contains an excess of nitrogen, which can kill grass and cause brown patches. The best solution is to train pets to do their business in a controlled area, perhaps pebbled or mulched; otherwise, regularly pick up droppings and saturate the area with water to dilute the urine.
- Lawn grubs feed on grass roots, creating dead patches in an otherwise healthy lawn. Adult beetles emerge in early-mid summer and lay eggs. Once the grubs hatch in mid to late summer, irregular brown patches will emerge where the problems lay, and now is the time to treat, as pesticides are most effective on young, immature grubs.
With a solid foundation laid early on, summer lawn care maintenance is easily managed with good lawn care practices. Knowing when to schedule additional maintenance and when to apply property-specific treatments is an important part of the routine; practicing good lawn care basics and having an established routine will minimize trouble shooting and the time needed to maintain a showcase lawn.