Every homeowner wants a lush, green lawn that enhances their property and makes summer activities pleasant and comfortable.
However, poor maintenance practices and summer’s high temperatures can leave your lawn looking brown and patchy.
Careful attention to a number of actions will help to keep your lawn lush and green this summer.
During the hot months, avoid mowing the grass too low. Taller grass plants will hold moisture better and will help to shade the plant roots.
Set the blade to mow at 3 inches or as high as it will go. Always ensure that the blade is sharp to avoid tearing and damage to the plants.
Water lawns on a set schedule.
Regular watering will help to keep grass plants strong and healthy throughout the hot months. However, long gaps in between watering will weaken the plants, making them susceptible to diseases and browning.
Make sure your sprinkler system provides enough heads in areas on your property that are exposed to the sun during the warmest part of the day. These areas will need additional watering to prevent drying out of the plants.
Stop fertilizing during severe heat.
When summer heat begins to brown tender grass plants, you may be tempted to apply fertilizer to help strengthen them, but when grass is stressed by severe heat, this addition of chemicals will only make the problem worse.
Do your fertilizing in the spring, and avoid putting fertilizer on heat-stressed plants. Simply keep the lawn well-watered and mowed to a higher length, and it will recover on its own.
Patch bare areas as needed.
For example, bluegrass is a common choice for cool, northern regions of the country.
Fescue grasses come in a wide variety and generally withstand cold temperatures well.
Bahia grass is often found in southern areas.
Bermuda, zoysia and St. Augustine grass are generally found in areas with warm year-round climates.
Aerate your lawn after the hot weather.
If you loosen the soil after summer has passed, grass plants will be able to form new roots during the spring, which will help to make a healthier, greener lawn the following summer.
You can rent lawn aerating equipment or consult with a lawn company to do the job for you.
Keeping a green and healthy lawn is simply a matter of taking the steps necessary for good plant growth.
Essential practices, such as adequate watering, prevention of weeds and strategic fertilizing will provide the conditions to keep your grass healthy.
These tips can help you have the green, thick grass you desire for summer entertaining and outdoor play.