Summer Lawn Care Tips

June 8, 2015By

Summer can be the best, and the worst, season for your lawn. It all depends on a variety of factors. Is it too hot? Is it too dry? What about being too wet?

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Your lawn is a living thing, and as such, it needs a certain set of criteria for it to grow the way you want it to. So, how do you know what to do for your lawn, and what’s only going to make things worse?

Listed below are some simple tips concerning the care and upkeep of your property in the summertime months:

Fertilization

A good fertilizer is important to help with your yard. If you’ve had a particularly brutal winter, or if you’ve experienced a dry spell, your lawn might need an added kick to get it going again.

Some fertilizer comes with weed-killers, which may be handy if your yard has become overrun. On the other hand, simple manure-based fertilizers can help you avoid harsh chemicals, and the all-natural approach has worked for thousands of years.

The choice is yours, but depending on how many weeds you’re working with, you may want to consider giving your yard a little help.

Watering

Water is vital for your yard to thrive, but how much is too much, and when should you do it? Many people try to follow a watering schedule. This is fine, but there’s really no such thing as a bulletproof schedule for watering your grass. This is due to the weather and any excess water your lawn might be dealing with after there is a storm.

Still, what do you do in times of drought?

It is recommended that you add one to two inches of water per square foot to your lawn each week when there is a drought. This does good for two reasons. One, it keeps your grass from going dormant and possibly dying. Two, it helps to control and limit the amount of thatch you have.

For every twelve inches of roots you want to have, one inch of water is necessary. In normal watering seasons, less than an inch of water is all you need. In drought situations, you need to give your yard one solid soaking at least once a week.

A common mistake in trying to adhere to this schedule is to provide a light, quick watering to your grass. This does nothing for your yard, as it’s really not enough water to make it down to the roots. All it does is loosen the topsoil and hurt your plants.

So, when during the day is the best time to water? In drought or heat, water in the early morning. This is when your lawn is waking up and is most likely to process the water you put out.

In the middle of the day, the sun will evaporate most of what you do, and in the evening, all you will do is leave your lawn too moist which helps to foster pests and disease. Mosquitos and other insects are active at night, and your lawn won’t be processing any sunlight, so it will not use as much of the water you provide.

After all, the goal is to make sure that your watering is done when your yard will get the biggest impact.

Everyone wants a healthy lawn for the outdoor activities of summer, but making sure it stays that way can be a real challenge. If you are experiencing drought and you’re not sure about what to do, you could try your local gardening store. You can always consult the outdoor experts at Fischer for a customized, foolproof plan for your yard.

With a little care and effort, any yard can be kept beautiful throughout the summer, regardless of how dry it may be.

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