Summer is well on its way and the sun is shining hotter and longer, meaning your lawn will need much more attention than usual. The heat this season can be both good and bad for your lawn. Depending on how you care for it, your lawn will either thrive this summer or completely dry out. It’s important that you help maintain its health all throughout the season.
Here’s how to keep a healthy lawn during the hot summer months.
Feed Your Lawn Regularly
Just like humans, your lawn needs food to maintain its health. Fertilize your lawn every six to eight weeks using a lower nitrogen content fertilizer to avoid fast-growing grass. Consider using a slow-release fertilizer to help protect the turf from getting burned while also providing a source of nutrients.
Set your mower blade on a high setting when mowing your lawn. Avoid cutting it less than 3 to 3½ inches, and avoid cutting more than a third of its height at once. This way your lawn can remain healthy and provide more shade for the delicate root system. This results in deeper, stronger roots from the taller blades and prevents the grass from drying out quickly.
Water Your Lawn Early
Consider watering your lawn between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. Watering it in the midday will cause your lawn to dry out. This is because the sun will evaporate most of the water before the grass has had time to soak it up. Watering your grass early will also help prevent any fungal diseases from developing.
Water Your Lawn Deeply and Less Frequent
If you water your grass too often, it’ll develop a shallow, superficial root system. If the roots are shallow when water becomes scarce, it’ll struggle to survive. Water your lawn deeply, about an inch, once or twice a week. This will keep your lawn green and healthy during the summer.
Maintain Your Mower
If you don’t maintain your mower, it’ll harm your turf. You must ensure that the blades are kept sharp and the oil, spark plugs and filter are changed frequently.
Control the Weeds
Remove weeds early and often to get rid of them before they bloom and spread seeds. Try hand pulling them or using a weeding fork. Only use weed-killer to apply it on the affected part of a larger area. Weed-killer can harm your lawn so you want to try to avoid using it as much as possible.
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