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Maintaining a Healthy Lawn through the Summer

Keeping your lawn in top shape can be a tough job.  Here are 4 easy steps to maintaining a nice, healthy, lush lawn during the hot summer months:

(1) Fertilizing

You should fertilizing your lawn a couple times per year.  In the spring (too late now if you didn’t) and during the midsummer time frame (June/July).  For the midsummer application use a fertilizer specially blended for lawns with a higher nitrogen content than other elements (the first number in a series of numbers on the fertilizer bag). Nitrogen is what will stimulate your lawn for better growth as well as provide a deep green color.  As for the application, it’s always best to fertilize your lawn when the grass is dry and after you have mowed.  Otherwise the fertilizer will stick to the grass blades and not get into the soil as efficiently where it is needed.  Use a spreader that will evenly distribute the fertilizer as you apply it across your lawn.  Set the spreaders gauge to a lower and go over each area several times while making sure that you overlap areas with each pass. This should give your lawn a nice even look without dark streaks from areas that you may over fertilized.  Once applied water your lawn to help get the fertilizer into the soil.  Read your brands instructions for more guidance.

(2) Mowing

To maintain a strong and healthy lawn do not cut it too short.  Unless your planning a golf course, you should cut your lawn on a higher setting, if not the highest.  This provide numerous benefits towards keeping the soil healthy and productive since taller grass blades soak in more sunlight during the day and, in turn, use this energy to provide more nutrients to the roots and surrounding soil. Taller blades will also provide shade that allows for the soil to maintain moisture throughout the dry heat of most summer days.  In addition you should “mulch” your clippings instead of bagging them.  This will return them to the lawn and supply the soil with added nutrients in addition to aiding in keeping the soil moist for a healthier lawn.

(3) Watering

An actively growing lawn in the heat of the summer months will require about 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week (this of course will depend on your soil type). It’s best to water in early morning, preferably before 7:00 a.m., so that your lawn has the opportunity to soak up the waterdry before nightfall, a time when many types of fungus are most active. This is also usually a non-peak time for most communities’ water supply. It’s also much better to water early only a couple of times a week than to water lightly more often. Deep soaking encourages deep root growth, whereas light watering encourages the roots to stay close to the surface of the soil, making your lawn more susceptible to heat and drought.

(4) Brown spots

Gotta pet?  Then you likely have brown spots that have developed where they relieve themselves most often.  To prevent this water the area very well where they go, preferably within a few hours afterwards, to dilute the pee-pee and prevent it from ruining to beautiful lawn.

 

Your lawn should be a source of pride.  Just don’t let the summer heat get the most of it, and you.