Summer is the perfect season for getting outside and enjoying your yard. However, lawn maintenance in the summer isn’t always easy. From high temperatures and grass-damaging pests to the harm from rain or the stress of outdoor activities, trying to keep a healthy lawn through the whole summer can be a challenge. Here are our top tips to keep your lawn looking its best!
1. Consider adjusting your mowing height.
When you match the height of your grass to the weather, you ensure your roots are able to develop deep enough to survive the hot summer months. For warm-season grasses, about 2-3 inches is preferred for summer mowing.
2. Mow about once a week.
During the summer months as the temperature rises and your lawn becomes more dry, growth will decrease. To avoid over-mowing, mow a maximum of once each week.
3. Sharpen your mower blades.
We recommend sharpening your mower’s blades about once a year and the summer is a great time to do it. Mowing with dull blades can cause damage to your lawn and make it less able to withstand the summer heat.
4. Keep your lawn watered.
Summer is the perfect time to turn your sprinkler on! A deep watering of your lawn is important to establishing a strong root system, which will help your lawn tolerate dry conditions. Avoid watering when it is too hot outside as the water will evaporate before it is absorbed.
5. Control your weeds.
In summer, annuals such as dandelions are more obvious, while perennial weeds like crabgrass may still be visible in the lawn. Ideally, pre-emergent herbicide should be used in the spring to prevent weeds from popping up during the summer months. Broadleaf post-emergent can be used as a spot spray throughout the year to prevent dandelion, chickweeds, and other weeds.
6. Consider aerating your lawn.
It is important to aerate a warm season lawn in the early part of summer. Aeration involves creating small holes in the soil of your lawn to allow water
and nutrients to get deep into your grass’s roots.
7. Fertilize your lawn.
When temperatures rise, your grass is more vulnerable to heat stress. Feed it with rich fertilizer about every 4-8 weeks, depending on its type.
8. Keep an eye out for lawn pests or diseases.
During the summer, watch for infestations from common lawn pests like turf caterpillars, grubs, or webworms. Similarly, diseases such as summer patch or dollar spot caused by fungi are common this time of year. These issues can quickly cause severe harm to your lawn and should be treated by a professional.
The summer season is a busy one for those who own a lawn. While you are enjoying the sunny days, barbecues, and pool parties, you can still take some important steps to ensure that your lawn is in good shape when fall arrives.