Summer Survival: How to Keep Your Lawn Healthy During the Summer

Healthy Lawn vs. Dead Grass

As summer temperatures soar, trying to keep your lawn healthy and vibrant can be a challenge. The scorching sun, lack of rainfall, and increased foot traffic can take a toll on your grass. However with the right care and attention, you give your lawn the help it needs to not only survive but thrive during the summer months. Here are some of our tips and techniques to ensure your lawn remains healthy, green, and resilient.

Adequate Watering

Proper watering is crucial to help your lawn withstand high temperatures. Water deeply and infrequently to encourage deep root growth and drought tolerance. Water early in the morning to minimize evaporation and allow the grass blades to dry before nightfall, reducing the risk of disease. Aim for around 1 inch of water per week, adjusting based on local conditions and rainfall patterns and your lawn will be healthy in no time.

Don’t Mow Too Short

During summer, raise the cutting height of your lawnmower to leave the grass blades slightly longer. Taller grass provides shade for the soil, reducing moisture loss and preventing weed growth. avoid cutting more then one-third of the grass blade length at a time to avoid stress on the lawn. Keep your mower blades sharp to ensure clean cuts and minimize damage to the grass.

Proper Fertilization

Fertilizing your lawn correctly is essential for its health during the summer. Apply a slow-release nitrogen-based fertilizer in late spring or early summer to provide essential nutrients gradually. Avoid applying excessive amounts of fertilizer, as it can lead to rapid growth that is more susceptible to heat stress. Follow the recommended application rates and choose a fertilizer appropriate for your grass type.

Aerate and Overseed

Aeration helps combat soil compaction and promotes better water penetration and nutrient absorption. If your lawn is heavily compacted, aerate it in early summer to improve air circulation and water infiltration. Additionally, overseeding with drought-tolerant grass varieties can help fill in bare patches and strengthen your lawns ability to withstand summer stress.

Manage Weeds and Pests

Regularly inspect and address any weed growth promptly. Apply pre-emergent herbicides in the spring to prevent weed seeds from germinating, and spot-treat any existing weeds. Monitor for pests such as grubs, chinch bugs, or army worms and take appropriate measures to control their population and keep your lawn healthy.

Provide Shade and Reduce Traffic

Reducing the foot traffic on your lawn during peak heat hours can prevent damage to the grass. where possible, provide shade to areas that receive intense sunlight. Strategically placed umbrellas, shade sails, or even trees can offer relief and protect your lawn from excessive heat and sunburn.

With these essential tips you can give your lawn the care it needs. By following these practices, you can enjoy a lush, green, healthy lawn throughout the summer. Serene Landscape Group can help you with all your landscape maintenance .
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