Summer Lawn Care TipsAugust 28, 2019
With summertime comes many fun activities, such as swimming and grilling, but there is also a less exciting, yet necessary activity that you also need to do: lawn care. Many people hire a professional lawn care service to handle some or all of the necessary tasks, but if you have chosen to go the DIY route, here are some tips you should keep in mind for each one:
When you are mowing, you might be tempted to set your mower blade to cut the grass as short as possible so you do not have to mow as often, but this is actually bad for your lawn. Taller blades help the grass soak up more sunlight, and they provide some shade for the soil around the grass, which allows it to retain more moisture. Additionally, you also need to be sure to keep your blades sharp, otherwise you will end up tearing the grass instead of cutting it, and torn grass not only looks choppy and uneven, but it can also make it easier for your grass to pick up a disease.
The best time to think about weeding as part of your lawn care routine is in the late spring or early summer. At this point, you can preemptively use a weed killer without destroying the rest of your grass because the weather is not as hot and humid. Now, though, if you have waited until July or August to “get in the weeds”, you will need to put in a little more effort. You should walk across your entire lawn every day to identify and remove weeds before they take over the lawn entirely. You can do this every other day if necessary, but waiting longer than that will lead to a much worse weed problem.
During the rainy spring months, your lawn likely gets all–or almost all–the water it needs. Yet, when summertime hits, you need to incorporate watering into your lawn care routine to make sure that your lawn is getting the moisture it needs. For your lawn to absorb the most moisture, be sure to water it early in the day, before the sun comes out and evaporates it. You should also keep an eye on how much you are watering your lawn because it can be easy to over-water it as well, which can drown the grass’s roots.
The ideal times to fertilize come at the beginning of the spring season and the beginning of the fall season to keep your lawn as healthy as possible. I you neglected to fertilize it already at the beginning of this spring season, you should hold off on doing so until autumn arrives. Otherwise, using fertilizer on your lawn during peak summer can burn your lawn and create growth that is unable to withstand the hot temperatures. When the time does roll around to fertilize, be sure to use an organic fertilizer. Your goal at the beginning of fall is to allow the soil to capture and store nutrients for the winter, and your goal at the beginning of next spring is to give your grass a kick start in absorbing nutrients.