Lawn care at spring season is done to make them greener and healthier. Whereas, summer lawn care is done mainly to keep them perfect and healthy because in summer, temperatures soar and rainfall get reduced. It is also important to maintain a lawn in summer as you can enjoy games, barbecues, parties and many more enjoyable events that summer has to offer. Here are some great tips for maintaining your lawn in shape over those hot days of summer.
Just like humans, lawns even feel little bit stress as spring season go and summer season comes. The heat of the summer damages the greenery to a little extent. If you want your lawns to be lush and green during summer, then you should fight with nature by constantly continuing to water and fertilize. Even in summer, cool-season grasses such as bluegrass grow best until the temperature is 60s F. On the other hand,warm-season grasses like Augustine and centipede grow till temperatures are the 70s.
Once these temperatures rise to 80s and above, the lawns will struggle a little and mainly cool-season grasses will have the hardest time. Because of high temperatures, the color will fade and growth becomes slow. These all make lawns to show signs of wear and tear as flowers and trees are always less able to recover from stress and traffic. However, by understanding seasonal changes and by following few tips you can make your lawn to look more beautiful and to be healthier even in summer.
Never forget to water and make it wisely
As water content in the air becomes very less during summer, it is compulsory to water lawns perfectly. You should water wisely during summer. Lawns need one inch of water per week, and sometimes it may require even more when the heat from the sun is severe. It is best to rain gauge so that you can measure the amount of water received by plants. You should water the lawn deeply but less frequently. Watering them early in the morning is the best thing you can do to reduce fungal growth as well as evaporation. If your lawn becomes dormant or brown in summer, let it stay in the same way until it falls because it will recover as soon as weather changes.
Tips for Mowing
Mowing regularly is the main thing you have to do in summer. Taller grass will be more tolerant to drought. During summer, cool-season grasses like bluegrass should be mowed at least 3” to 4” or more till your blade go. Whereas, warm-season grasses can be mowed at 2” to 3”. It is compulsory to Mow regularly as it is not preferable to mow more than one by third of the grass blade at a time. Following these steps, keeps your grass healthier. It also helps to prevent the clippings from smothering the grass. While mowing, be sure that you are cutting the grass and not tearing it. It even minimises the stress that is caused because of high temperatures. It is also must to keep your mower blades sharp.