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Summer Lawn Care

Tips On Watering, Mowing and Cutting Grass in Summer

Our summer lawn care tips give you the advice you'll need to adjust to the hot, dry, conditions of summer and how they affect your lawncare maintenance.

Having and maintaining the best lawn in the neighborhood becomes more of a challenge once the dry, hot, summer weather is upon us.

Following the guidelines we've outlined below, should ensure that you have the healthy lawn that you're after.

Proper Watering

Generally, your lawn needs about 3/4" to 1" of water each week to keep it's green color and steady growth.

Lawns naturally slow down their growth when the high summer temperatures become the norm. You should let them slow down during these times, and decide if you're even going to water at all.

Some people will just let the lawn go into a dormant state during the hot weather. This means the lawn will look brown and unattractive for a time, but rest assured, when the cooler weather and rains return, so will your green grass.

The Decision

If you decide to keep your lawn watered during drought conditions, it's important that you commit to a consistent watering schedule. If you only water to bring brown areas back to life, you put stress on the plants and deplete key energy reserves as well.

Visit our pages about watering grass for helpful full details.

Adjust Mower Height

It's important to adjust your mowing height during the summer months. Raise those blades a little higher than normal, so that you're leaving at least 3 1/2 to 4 inches of the turf.

Longer turf will protect the roots of the grass from the hot summer sun. Too much direct sun now, can encourage yellow dead looking areas and can burn the lawn.

When To Mow

Have a look at our information about when to mow for helpful hints about the best time of day to cut your grass. Obviously, during the summer months, you'll want to mow less often. Probably every other week or as needed is fine.

Cut during the cooler morning hours or in the evenings, to avoid the high heat and high stress to both the lawn and yourself. Reducing dehydration and the risk of stroke are important health factors to consider.

Sharp Blades

We remind you that having your mower blades sharp is an important part of cutting grass properly. Dull blades tear the grass instead of making a nice clean cut.

Tearing promotes browning after you mow, and leaves the grass more vulnerable to diseases and fungus.

We've included in depth information about mower blade sharpening that walks you through the process from start to finish. If you're at all unsure or uncomfortable doing it yourself, don't hesitate to hire this job out. It will be money well spent.

Traffic Control

An important part of summer lawn care is managing the amount of traffic your lawn gets during times of heat stress.

It's a good idea to keep foot and vehicle traffic to a minimum when the lawn is struggling through the summer conditions.

Certain areas that do get worn down from higher than normal traffic will need a little help to recover. When it's time to apply your summer fertilizer, giving these areas a little extra will allow the nitrogen to work in the recovery process.

Hold Other Applications

On a lawn that does not get watered and goes into dormancy, and is brown and crunchy, it's best to hold off until later in the season for most other lawn care practices, such as fertilizing, seeding, dethatching and weed control.

Summer Fertilization

If your lawn is watered and maintained with proper mowing practices, you will still need to fertilize. Again, summer lawn care means adjustment and that applies to the type of fertilizer for the time of year. The lawn is feeding less aggressively as it slows down in growth.

Choosing an organic fertilizer that is 50% - 75% slow release is recommended. Purchase the best product you can afford when it comes to fertilizer. A premium 15-0-6 is a good summer choice.

In Conclusion

Summer lawn care means it's time to help your lawn by proper mowing, watering, fertilizing and keeping foot and vehicle traffic off the grass as much as possible during the heat of the summer months.

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