Finally, it is summer lawn care time which means days mean lots of outdoor fun in the sun. Most of us want to have a nice lawn all year, especially during the summer since we spend more time outdoors. Here are my tips for your summer lawn care during the summer months. Since you have been working hard and spending money in the spring to make your lawn the envy of the neighborhood, you want to keep it that way!
Summer Lawn Care Mowing
Summer months are hot and summer lawn care for these months is important. You should be mowing your grass at least three inches high or slightly higher which should assist in the development of deeper grass root. If you maintain your lawn at a higher height, they will not have to grow leaves as fast and can use its energy to grow roots deeper and higher grass will give more shade to the ground to hold water longer. Your lawn will grow at a slower rate during the hotter months.
Summer Lawn Care Watering
You will need to water your lawn in the summer months to keep it green and from going dormant. Do not allow your lawn to go dormant before you start watering it, this will stress your lawn and deplete its energy reserves which will be used in the later seasons. You should be applying about 1 to 1 ½ inches of water per application (2 times a week). If you have an irrigation system, early in the morning is the best. No one wants to wake up early to drag the hose and sprinkler around! Early morning watering allows more of the water to soak in before the heat of the day. Watering at night may keep your lawn wet too long and may allow for diseases to kill all the hard work you have done on your lawn. Do not water in the heat of the day when it is sunny and hot, this is a good opportunity to scald your lawn. Too much water is bad as well, so do not water when it is raining or during high winds. It is a waste of time and effort.
Summer Lawn Care Fertilization and Weed control
You should be continuing our Fertilization and Weed control program as part of your summer lawn care. Two applications should be done in the summer months. The first application should be at the beginning of summer and consist of slow-release nitrogen and if weeds are present at the time of application, a spot application of broad-leaf weed control as needed. The second application should be in the late summer months and consist of a complete seasonal fertilizer and broad-leaf weed control and apply insect control as needed.
Follow these tips and your summer lawn will be the hit of the neighborhood. It's not hard to keep your lawn looking good all summer and these summer lawn care tips will give you a lawn you will love.