Tips To Maintain Your Lawn During These Hot Summer Month

Dated: 07/16/2018

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With the summer season already one month in, if you haven't already been doing so, caring for your lawn should begin as soon as possible. Summer is the peak growing season for your lawn, which means that it needs some extra attention during this time. Aside from mowing your lawn, you will need to ensure that your lawn gets the right amount of water. You will also need to attend to your lawn's soil fertility and weed control. By using some simple strategies, you can have a beautiful lawn all summer long! Mowing your lawn Mow your lawn once or twice a week. Mowing your lawn regularly is one way to keep it in good health. Mow your lawn twice a week if you have been getting the usual amount of rain for your area, and once a week if your area has been experiencing a drought. Keep your lawn at about 2.5 to 3 inches (6.4 to 7.6 cm). This is an ideal height for most types of grasses. Measure your grass with a ruler to check the height. If you prefer your lawn to be a little shorter or taller, that is fine, too. Cut no more than one-third of the total growth each time you mow. It is important to avoid cutting the grass too short, especially when the weather is very hot. During hot weather, your lawn has to put a lot of energy into regrowing grass shoots. - For example, if the lawn is 6 inches (15 cm) tall, then cut no more than 2 inches (5.1 cm) off. - Even if your lawn is growing quickly, don't cut more than one-third of the growth. Cut it more often, such as twice per week instead of once per week. Sharpen the blade in your mower if it is dull. You can check the ends of the grass after mowing your lawn to determine if your mower blade is dull or sharp. If the ends of the grass look yellow or white, then your mower blade is likely dull. Take the blade to a hardware store to get it sharpened. You can sharpen a lawnmower blade yourself, but you will need some special tools and mechanical knowledge of lawnmowers, such as where the spark plug is located and how to remove it. If you are not comfortable doing this yourself, then taking the blade to a professional is the safest option. Leave grass clippings on your lawn to fertilize it. A free, effective way to ensure that your lawn is getting the nutrients it needs to stay healthy is to leave grass clippings on the lawn after you mow. Don't collect, rake up, or sweep the grass clippings into the streets. Just leave them where they fall as you mow. Watering Tips Use rainwater to water your lawn, if possible. Watering a lawn can use up a lot of water, especially if you are using processed tap water. Instead of using the hose, try to capture rainwater in a rainwater collection barrel and use this to water your lawn in the summer. Rainwater is soft, so it is ideal for watering your lawn and other plants and trees in your yard Get a food grade, 55 gallon barrel (210L) that has a spigot at the bottom of it and place it outside to collect water when it rains. Skip watering after it rains because enough water will fall directly onto your lawn. Wait to use the rainwater until you hit a dry period. You can connect a hose to the spigot on the barrel and use the rainwater to water your lawn. Wait until your lawn starts to turn yellow or brown to water. If you have to water your lawn, water just enough to keep it from turning brown and avoid running sprinklers too regularly. For example, you could turn the sprinklers on for a full night once a week, rather than misting your lawn every night. Your lawn will usually recover from turning brown. Although, grass can turn yellow or brown quickly during dry periods, this does not mean the grass is dead or dying. It is only becoming dormant; the roots are still alive. Water your lawn during the cooler parts of the day. Watering your lawn when the sun is shining or when it is hot will not do your lawn much good because the water will evaporate quickly. Water your lawn early in the morning or after the sun goes down. This will allow the grass to soak up the water before the sun dries it up. - For example, you could set your sprinklers to go off first thing in the morning, or water your lawn with a hose right before you go to bed at night. - Watch the weather reports too and try to water your lawn on a day that is supposed to be cooler than other days. Apply a slow-release fertilizer to your lawn once every 6 to 8 weeks, if desired. Applying fertilizer to your grass is optional for a healthy lawn, but doing so can help to keep your lawn healthy longer. Choose a slow-release lawn fertilizer and follow the manufacturer's instructions for how to apply it. Wait until the soil temperature reaches 55°F (13°C) to apply the first layer of fertilizer, and then apply the fertilizer once every 6 to 8 weeks through the summer and into the fall. Look for a granular fertilizer that you can just sprinkle onto the lawn.

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