If you’re a homeowner, having a nice lawn is probably high on your list. Few things are more effective at making a house look well-maintained and cared for than a lush, green lawn.
While it’s easy to simply wish for an immaculate lawn, the reality is that you’ll have to put forth some effort to make it look awesome. After the spring growing season is over, summer can bring about a lot of stress on lawn grasses. One of the most stressful things to a lawn is drought and heat, and this can be quite damaging. Being on top of your lawn care is the most important thing you can do to keep your grass in tip top shape over the course of the summer.
Here are essential steps you must follow to keep your lawn healthy.
Many types of grass require a minimum of one inch of water each week. More water is needed if the heat is intense. As soon as the grass begins to show signs of distress, such as bluish-grey color or folded leaf blades, begin to increase the irrigation of your lawn.
Water about one inch per week, preferably in the morning between 4 to 7 am. Not only is it important to water the correct amount, but the timing matters, too. Supplying this water when it is needed is essential to promote deep-root systems.
While the grass is establishing deep-root systems, it is important to increase the regularity in mowing your lawn. If the conditions are well-suited for growth, it may be necessary to cut the grass twice a week to keep it in good shape.
Another essential tip is to raise the mower blade in the summer. This is important because taller grass grows deeper roots which makes your lawn more drought-tolerant and keep weeds at bay. One of the worst things you can do for your grass is to mow the lawn super short when it is hot because this can cause damage to your grass.
It’s essential for a lawn to be fed, just like any other living being. A lawn should be given a second fertilizer treatment in June. In addition, it’s best to fertilize your lawn after mowing because the grass will be dry. If the grass is moist, the fertilizer can stick to the blades causing the lawn to burn.
Also, when fertilizing, it’s important to choose the best fertilizer for your lawn. The amount applied will depend on the formulation and it’s best to get a soil analysis to figure out the correct balance needed for phosphorous and potassium.
When managing weeds, it’s important to have growing weeds eliminated before they bloom and spread. Certain types of herbicides are produced to kill broad-leaf weeds and have no effect to the turf grass. However, these should only be applied if the temperature is less than 85° F for a few days.
Watch for chewed or bitten lawn roots. Its best to put grubs, mole crickets, sod webworms and army worms.
Another important step to maintaining a healthy lawn is to clean your entire landscape on a regular basis, especially in the fall. Throughout the course of the year, debris and leaves will eventually find their way onto your garden soil from nearby vegetation, such as trees. These debris can cause damage to the soil if it is not cleaned.
Dethatching is a critical step when the thatch is more than ½ an inch. Thatch is the layer of dead or living stems, roots, solons or rhizomes that exist between the green blades of grass. Dethatching will not only make your lawn look tidy and nice, but it will add necessary aeration to the soil.
Maintenance, weed control, fertilizing, mowing and watering are all important steps you’ll need to make in order to properly care for your yard. It takes a little extra effort, but your lawn will thank you and your neighbors will be wondering what your secret is.
If your goal this summer is to have a gorgeous lawn, start by following these essential lawn care steps. If you are still struggling to get the results you want, contact us today. We will be happy to take a look at your lawn and identify the steps that need to be taken to get it on track. Contact us today with any questions or to schedule an appointment.
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