How To Keep Your Grass Green in Hot Weather & Other Summer Lawn Care Tips
- Mowing - How Short Can I Cut My Grass?
- Which Lawn Diseases Should I Keep an Eye Out For?
- Which Weeds Are A Threat to My Lawn?
- Top 3 Benefits of Mulching Trees and Shrubs.
- Top 3 Benefits of Pruning Shrubs.
- How do I Avoid Soil Compaction?
- Avoid Drought - When to Use Irrigation?
Related Resource written by our owner, Nate:
Mowing - How Short Can I Cut My Grass?
- Raise mower blades to 3.5 - 4 inches.
- Remove no more than 1/3 of grass blade.
- Leave grass clippings - they will provide your lawn with nutrients.
Pro Tip: If you have an irrigation system and use it faithfully you can get away with mowing your grass a little shorter.
Which Lawn Diseases Should I Keep an Eye Out For?
Common summer turf diseases:
Be sure to incorporate preventative care in your lawn program rather than waiting until it's too late.
- Black Medic
- Yellow Foxtail
Pro tip: If you hire a professional lawn care service, weed control should be a part of your fertilizer program.
Top 3 Benefits of Mulching Trees and Shrubs:
Trees and shrubs can be a very valuable asset on our properties. Mulch can be your plant's best friend by offering trees insulation, protection and ensuring that they get the water and nutrients they need.
Slow evaporation of moisture in the soil by preventing wind and sunlight from getting to soil (retains moisture).
Prevents weeds from sprouting and overtaking landscape.
Insulates soil so there is less of a dramatic change in soil temperature.
Pro Tip: When mulching, make sure to leave some space around tree trunks to prevent suffocation and allow for air and water circulation.
Pruning Trees and Shrubs:
Not only does pruning trees add curb appeal - it promotes new growth, allows you to control the size of plants if you live in restricted areas, provides plant with more sunlight and encourages flowering, to name a few.
Removes dead and dying branches which promotes room for new growth.
Helps with insect management.
Enhances the beauty of your trees/shrubs.
How Do I Avoid Soil Compaction?
More time outside in the beautiful summer months can mean more foot traffic on your lawn. Heavy foot traffic can lead to compacted soil which, in turn, will lower the amount of air, water and nutrients that your lawn is able to absorb.
Avoid Soil Compaction By:
Core Aeration: See above. Your Lawn Service Provider will use a core aerator to pull plugs of soil from lawn allowing it to "breath" and creating gaps for the root systems to grow into.
Avoid Drought - When to Use Irrigation:
Irrigating in the early morning (before 8am) gives grass blades time to dry off throughout the day. In summer - water deeply and infrequently.
Pro tip: If summer temps are very high, do a quick cool down watering mid-day to keep blades from burning up.
If this article was useful to you, read some others similar to it:
- Best Way To Prepare My Lawn For Spring
- Moss Has Taken Over My Lawn - The Experts Can Help
- When Should I Treat for Crabgrass?
- Is Round Up Safe to Use on My Property?
- How To Prevent and Control Crabgrass
Now that you know what to look for in your lawn to keep it healthy, you are ready to have a lush lawn throughout summer without worrying about it being damaged!
If you are going to tackle a fertilization program on your own make sure to read labels and apply correctly and at proper rates. If you are going to hire someone, hire someone you trust. Referrals from friends, family, or neighbors is a great way to find help that you trust.
Since 2007, Green Meadow Lawn Care has provided homeowners throughout the greater Tolland, Connecticut area with premium fertilization programs, tick control, mosquito management, seeding & aeration and tree & shrub care.
To speak to our Customer Service Manager, please call Dave (view Dave's video bio here) with any questions. Dave has been in the industry for 30 years and is always happy to help with his expert advice.