The summer months can be brutal. However, it’s not just you that’s sweltering in the heat. Your grass doesn’t get relief from the heat of the sun, day after day. During this time of year, your lawn needs extra TLC to stay strong and healthy.
Keep reading to learn more about how you can reduce the stress on your lawn this summer.
While watering your lawn seems simple, summer temperatures can complicate things significantly. You can’t just provide water to the lawn, it has to be done correctly. When you water your lawn, make sure to water early in the day. This will give the water time to reach the roots before the sun evaporates all the moisture. Lawns require approximately one inch of water a week, but more during the summer.
If you have a sprinkler system installed, you can adjust the settings to ensure your lawn is getting the water it needs when it needs it, thanks to smart controls. While this is important, there are also some watering tips to keep in mind:
- Don’t water between 10 AM and 3 PM
- Water earlier in the morning between 5 AM and 9 AM
- Avoid watering at night because it can lead to diseases
- Water consistently
While it is more convenient to mow with the blades closer to the ground, give your lawn a bit of a break during the summer. To do this, increase the height of your mower’s blades. When you mow higher, at about 3.5 to 4 inches for cool-season grasses, the blades will become more drought resistant. Some helpful tips to ensure mowing doesn’t harm your grass this summer include:
- Increase mowing height
- Keep blades sharp
- Use grass clippings to put nutrients back in your lawn
During the summer, mulch is your friend. Mulch refers to the grass clippings that were created when you mowed your lawn. You should return these grass clippings to your lawn, which will release the nutrients back into the soil. Besides providing coverage for the roots and preventing weeds from spreading, mulch also offers moisture control and keeps the water levels steady. Doing this is going to help keep your grass healthy and happy through the summer months.
Keep Your Lawn Happy and Healthy
Each of the tips here will help ensure your grass doesn’t suffer damage or diseases this summer. When it comes to watering your grass, having a sprinkler system installed is one of the best things you can do. This will help ensure your lawn gets the water needed at the right time of the day.
If you don’t have a sprinkler system installed yet, now is the time to invest in one. Contact our team at The IDL Company to learn more and to schedule an evaluation. You will find having this sprinkler system in place provides an array of benefits for you and your lawn.