Summer is right around the corner, are you ready? And more importantly, is your lawn ready?
Before the weather gets too warm, it is important to make sure that your lawn is cleared of thatch. If the thatch build-up is too much, it can be blocking sunlight and can prevent water reaching the roots of your grass. Just make sure that you don’t wait too long to dethatch. If you try to dethatch in the heat of the summer, you can cause stress to your grass and cause damage. (For more information, check out our previous blog post about dethatching.)
Fertilization is also an important step to keep your lawn healthy. Applying fertilizer supplements nutrients in the soil and keeps your grass growing healthy and thick. Spring is a good time to fertilize your yard and should take place before 30 days before the highest summer temperatures.
Next, make sure that your lawn is mowed regularly. Mowing keeps your grass healthy and growing strong. However, be careful that you don’t cut away too much grass. No more than 1/3 of the length of the grass blade should be cut at a time. It is also important in the hot summer months that you leave your grass blades a little bit longer. Keeping your grass slightly longer helps protect the grass roots and conserves moisture in the soil. Mowing every other week is fine, but if you are watering and fertilizing your lawn then you should be mowing weekly.
Watering correctly is extremely important in the summer months. The summer heat can dry out your lawn if you aren’t careful. Make sure that you are watering less often, with more water, rather than less water, more often. This creates a deep root system for your lawn. Watering everyday is not recommended because you will create a shallow root system. Also, make sure that you don’t water in the heat of the day. The water will just evaporate instead of being absorbed. Watering early in the morning or later in the evening are the best times to ensure your lawn is watered correctly.
These are just a few tips to get you started preparing for the summer months! If you have any questions or concerns about your lawn, drop us a comment, send us a message, or give us a call. We will be happy to answer any of your questions!
By: Hannah Raines
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