Summer Lawn Care Tips and Tricks

Summer Lawn Care Tips and Tricks
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    As spring gives way to summer, homeowners will need to do what it takes to keep their lawns looking green and clean.


All that excellent work you did in the spring to establish your lawn is paying off, but now you need to ensure that it looks great throughout the hottest months.

1. Water early and often. Once temperatures reach the 80s with spikes into the 90s and above, your lawn will quickly face challenges that can easily destroy it. Most lawns can survive short-term drought, but several weeks or months without rain can turn your lawn brown and lifeless. Establish a regular watering schedule, by soaking your lawn about once weekly before sun up. You’ll need to apply at least an inch of water up to up to two inches to keep it green.

2. If you choose to go dormant. Some years, allowing your lawn to go dormant can be a good option. But, once you choose to allow the lawn to go brown, do not begin a steady watering regimen in a bid to green it up again. Instead, water the lawn infrequently — about once every two to three weeks — with no more than a half-inch of water. The infrequency will satisfy the lawn and keep it from dying off. It will turn green again naturally when cooler weather returns.

3. Adjust your mower height. Summer lawn care changes in another way too: you can adjust the mower’s height to its highest setting. The idea here is to avoid burning out your lawn. It also will give your lawn a look that you’ve been working on all season: a lush landscape with rolling, green grass. Also, allow grass clippings to fall back on the lawn. That effort will help keep your lawn from drying out and it will also feed your lawn.

4. Put off fertilizing. No need to fertilize your summer lawn until late August or early September. Thatching, seeding, fertilizing and applying weed killer can wait. If your lawn is particularly stressed, minimize foot traffic while maintaining your watering and mowing regimen. Following a severe drought, you may need to lay down a new lawn once again. Overseeding and reseeding can help; replacing the entire lawn may be the best approach in worst case situations.

Fall Preparation

When cooler weather does arrive following a long, hot summer you will want to aerate the lawn. Aeration is best accomplished in the spring and again in the fall, and is especially ideal where soil compaction is present. Annual aeration will improve water movement notes the Utah State University Extension service.



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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".