If spring lawn care is about getting your lawn healthy and green, summer is about KEEPING it healthy while temperatures soar and rainfall becomes a fleeting memory. Here are some tips for keeping your lawn in shape over those long, hot days of summer.
After the spring growing season, summer brings quite a bit of stress to your lawn. We want our lawns lush and green for outdoor activities, and we try to fight nature by continuing to fertilize, water, and coax new growth out of our lawns no matter what the weather. However, by understanding and respecting the seasonal changes of turf grasses, you can take steps to care gently for your lawn as the mercury rises.
Once temperatures get into the 80s and above, lawns will begin to struggle a little. Growth will slow, color may fade, and lawns will show signs of wear and tear as they are less able to recover from stress and traffic.
- Either water your lawn regularly and deeply, or donâ€™t water at all. Donâ€™t let your lawn go brown and dormant, then try to â€œwater it back to life.â€ If your lawn goes dormant in summer, it should stay that way until fall â€“ donâ€™t worry, it should recover once the weather changes.
- Keep mower blades sharp. Make sure your mower is cutting your grass, not tearing it, to minimize stress during hot temperatures.
Don't Over Fertilize
If your lawn is looking straggly in midsummer, resist the urge to fertilize. In fact, itâ€™s best to stop fertilizing about 30 days before summer temperatures arrive. Applying extra fertilizer in the heat of summer can burn your lawn and create a flush of tender growth that will struggle in the hot summer weather. Never fertilize dormant lawns â€“ wait until they green up in the fall.
- Grubs will begin hatching in your lawn over the summer. If grubs typically cause problems in your lawn, you can begin applying grub control around midsummer.
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