This summer is off to a great start. Yards are green, flowers have bloomed, and the weather has been wonderful. While we have been experiencing ideal weather, there are important things to know to ensure your lawn remains beautiful all summer long.
Mowing height should be raised for summer mowing. Cutting grass at a higher height will allow for a stronger and deeper root system. Along with a stronger root system, higher grass creates shade from the hot sun. This will allow for plant crowns to grow, and help retain moisture in the soil.
While raking up grass clippings may make your yard look tidy, letting those clippings lie proves to be beneficial for the health of your yard. As the clippings break down, they add nutrients and moisture to the soil. However, be sure to mow your grass enough to prevent excess buildup.
2. Weed Control
Crabgrass, dandelions, spurge, and many other grass weeds invade yards during the summer months. Lucky for us, there are ways to rid our yards of these eye-sores. Apply the appropriately labeled herbicide to control grass weeds. There are brands of herbicide designed to kill the weeds while not harming the grass. Call us and we will send professionals out to tackle the problem for you.
We have been lucky enough to receive an adequate amount of rain to keep yards green. However, a long stretch of 90 degree days and no rain can quickly cause harm to yards. When yards dry up, watering your yard may be the only way to keep the grass alive. With 80 degree daytime temperatures and limited rainfall, grass will remain dormant for three to four weeks. Under prolonged dry periods with little to no rainfall and temperatures above 90 degrees, grass survival is limited to two to three weeks. Grass along sidewalks, curbs, and driveways are considered to be in “hotspots”. These areas are at greatest risk of stress.
The best time to water your lawn is between 6 and 10 am. Less moisture is lost to evaporation and your lawn has time to dry off before nightfall. Lawns need about an inch of water per week, and more when the temperatures are high.
4. Limit Activity
Too much traffic on lawns will damage dry, brittle grass. This may result in brown spots. Also, if lawns are receiving enough water, heavy traffic may result in soil compaction and prevent air from getting to the grass roots. To prevent damage from occurring, install stepping stones to areas where people walk frequently.