Summer is officially here and with it comes heat, dry weather, increased foot traffic, bugs and weeds to stress our lawns. Here are a few simple steps you can take to help your lawn cope with the stress of summer.
1. Mow high with a sharp blade
Dull mower blades shred grass causing them to lose moisture. Shredded blades turn brown and make the lawn look unkempt. Taller grass grows deeper roots meaning better access to moisture and most varieties of grass prefers to be mowed high. Because of this, a good practice in the summer months is to set your sharp blade on one of the highest settings.
2. Water in the AM
The most efficient time to water a summer lawn is between 6-10 AM. Doing so will result in less water loss due to evaporation and leaves ample time for the lawn to dry before nightfall. Watering lawns at night invites disease and doing so in the heat of mid-day is a waste due to evaporation. If your sprinkler system is on a timer, adjust accordingly.
3. Reduce foot traffic
Grass stays beaten down and can be damaged when walking on a dry lawn. Heavy foot traffic can lead to compaction of the soil and limit air flow to the roots. The blades of a well-watered lawn will spring back when walked on.
4. Use drought tolerant grasses
If your lawn is prone to summer stress you might want to overseed in the fall with a drought tolerant variety. These grasses tend to stay greener, even in the heat of summer and will spread to fill in those annoying bare spots.
As with all our tips and recommendations, Prestige Landscapes is here to help. Our team of landscape professionals is here to help with any commercial and residential needs. Don’t let another summer of lawn stress keep your home or business from looking its best.