Summer heat can take a toll on lawns. If you mow too low, water too much or too little, or ignore early signs of pests, your grass could quickly become lackluster or even completely die in small or large patches. To keep your lawn looking its best all summer long, try using these summer care tips.
Mow at the right height: In summer, adjust your mower height to leave grass taller. Taller grass shades soil, reducing water evaporation, leading to deeper roots, and preventing weed seeds from germinating.
Water properly- For the healthiest grass, water your lawn deeply and infrequently.
Sharpen your mower blade- A dull mower blade tears grass, creating ragged, brown edges that provide an opening for disease organisms. Sharpen your mower blade regularly.
Let clippings lie- If you’re mowing grass at the right height, you can let clippings lie on the lawn. This practice is called grasscycling and saves you time, money, and fertilizer.
Fertilize warm-season grasses: Warm-season turf thrives during summer and needs nutrients. Do not fertilize cool-season lawns during summer. Wait until fall or early spring.
Pick up litter- Summer activities can result in toys, water games, lawn chairs, or tools being left on turf. Pick up everything to avoid damaging the grass or creating dangerous obstacles while mowing.
Tackle weeds- Apply weed control to help control weeds. Always read and follow label instructions. Do not apply a pre-emergent herbicide in fall if you plan to seed or overseed