Summer is here and there is no denying that it is beyond hot outside. The peak of summer means that the heat is no joke, you have the most foot traffic, and weeds are ready to move in. By changing a couple of habits like cutting your lawn a certain length or paying attention to the time you are watering it, you can help your lawn withstand environmental stressors. We have provided a list below of advice to keep your lawn intact and healthy during the heat of summer.
DYK? In the summer, your lawn requires about 1 inch of water to remain healthy in the heat. The spring showers make this easy, but what happens when spring passes and you find yourself in a drought? This is a question many homeowners ask themselves. You will want to pay attention to when and how much you are watering your grass. If you wait to water in the heat of the day, most of the water will be lost in evaporation, leaving your lawn even drier. Not to mention you will be wasting buckets of water. Try watering your lawn in the early morning or late evening. Waiting until these times will help your lawn’s root system soak in and absorb the moisture.
By prepping your lawn in the spring, you will have a big pay off later in the season. During these hot summer months, your lawn creates an extensive root system. One small, wise investment is a mulching mower. A mulching mower allows mulched grass to settle into the lawn. These grass clippings can help recapture moisture to keep your lawn hydrated. If you prefer fertilizer for your lawn, reach out to the experts at SunCo to refer you to an organic hybrid program that is safe for both pets and children.
A common mistake made by homeowners is cutting your lawn too short in the summer heat. By cutting it short, it reduces the plant’s ability to produce energy for growth. Grass develops stronger roots when cut the proper height. When contemplating the right height for your grass, remember the “one-third” rule: never remove more than one-third of the grass height at one time. This way the lawn is kept cooler because less plant tissue is removed.
Keeping your grass healthy during the heat of summer is just one piece of the puzzle. Season-long care should include proper fertilization, watering, mowing, and pest control. All of these play a huge factor in the health of your lawn.
We know your lawn can be a lot of work, especially living in the midwest and experiencing the hottest and coldest months. If you are ready to let go of the work and hand it over to the experts, we are here to help! Call us today for more information and a free estimate.