Summer should be the perfect time to show off your green, lush lawn. Unfortunately, it’s also the time your yard is under the most stress. Hot temperatures, increased traffic, and droughts increase the wear and tear on your lawn. Check out some easy lawn maintenance tips to ensure your grass is healthy this summer.
During the summer months, it’s important to continue to mow frequently. When mowing your lawn, make sure your grass is at least 3 inches long, as it will help provide shade to the root systems and keep it cool during the hot hours of the day. Ensure that your mower blades sharpen as dull blades tear the grass instead of cutting it.
Throughout the summer months, it’s important to pay attention to when your lawn needs watering. You can often tell if a lawn needs watering when it turns bluish-gray color or if the grass stays matted down when stepped on. Another tell-sign of a lawn lacking water is if the leaf blades fold in half. Look to water your grass at least once or twice a week, only needing 1 to 1-½ inches of water per week. It’s best to water your lawn early in the morning as it will dry throughout the day.
Maintaining your yard throughout the year will help ensure your grass stays healthy and green. Look to keep your lawn as clean as possible, removing any debris, spare logs, and even lawn furniture that can suffocate the grass and create matted patches. Clean up silt, fine sand, or clay, which can be left behind on your lawn after a flood or heavy rains. Remove debris by raking or washing it with a hose.
If you need some extra assistance with your lawn, consider calling your local lawn care company for help! They’ll set you up with a free lawn care analysis and discuss a lawn care plan to ensure your yard is healthy and green all year long!