Watering Techniques: Proper watering is crucial during the summer months. Water your lawn deeply and infrequently to encourage deep root growth. Early morning or late evening is the best time to water, as it minimizes evaporation. Aim for about an inch of water per week, including rainfall.
Mowing Practices: Maintain a consistent mowing schedule but avoid cutting the grass too short. Set your mower height to leave the grass at around 2.5 to 3 inches tall. Longer grass shades the soil and helps retain moisture. Remember to keep your mower blades sharp for clean cuts that promote healthy growth.
Fertilization: Feed your lawn with a slow-release nitrogen-based fertilizer to provide it with essential nutrients throughout the summer. Apply the fertilizer according to the manufacturer's instructions and avoid over-fertilizing as it can damage the grass.
Weed Control: Summer is also the time when weeds can take advantage of weak or stressed lawns. Regularly inspect your lawn for weeds and promptly remove them. Consider using an appropriate herbicide or consult with our experts at Fanelli Landscaping Supply for effective weed control options.
Dealing with Pests: Pests like grubs and insects can wreak havoc on your lawn during the summer. Keep an eye out for signs of infestation, such as brown patches or chewed leaves. Identify the specific pests causing damage and choose the appropriate insecticides or natural remedies to address the issue effectively.
Aeration and Overseeding: If your lawn shows signs of compacted soil or thinning areas, summer can be an ideal time for aeration and overseeding. Aeration helps improve water and nutrient penetration, while overseeding fills in bare spots and enhances the overall density of the grass.
Protection from Heat Stress: Extreme heat can stress your lawn. Avoid foot traffic during the hottest parts of the day and consider using shade structures, such as umbrellas or pergolas, to provide some relief to the grass. Applying a light layer of organic mulch to exposed soil areas can also help conserve moisture and protect the roots.