Lawn care is an essential part of your household maintenance. Studies indicate that 72% of American households do some sort of yard work, translating to roughly 85 million people. If you’re one of those people, or about to become one, one of the key tasks you’ll face is figuring out ways to keep your lawn looking lush and
Lawn care is an essential part of your household maintenance. Studies indicate that 72% of American households do some sort of yard work, translating to roughly 85 million people. If you’re one of those people, or about to become one, one of the key tasks you’ll face is figuring out ways to keep your lawn looking lush and lovely. This could be particularly challenging in the summer months when hot temperatures and relentless sunlight threaten to scorch your hard work. Don’t fret – there are several things you can do to keep your lawn looking great during this tricky time of the calendar.
Know Your Grass
Knowledge is power, and this certainly applies to your lawn. Knowing the type of grass you have planted in your lawn could help you prepare for optimal garden care during the summertime. Some grasses, such as Bermuda and St. Augustine, are easier to take care of when the weather heats up because they thrive in slightly warmer temperatures. If you have a cool-season grass like bluegrass, you may have to put in some extra effort.
Ways to Water
In the summertime, your lawn will need at least one inch of water a week. If the temperature becomes extreme, your lawn will need more. In lawn parlance, doing this is known as “watering deeply.” What this means is, you’ll be giving your lawn enough water to work down to the grass on a roots level. This is where you want the water to hit, as the roots are where plants draw sustenance.
Also, make sure you water early in the day. This accomplishes two very important things. Firstly, it reduces evaporation, as you’ll be getting to your lawn before the sun and heat. Secondly, it reduces the growth of fungi, which could sap nutrients from your lawn.
Ways to Mow
It’s not only okay to keep a tall lawn in the summer – it’s encouraged. Taller glass is more resistant to drought, is deeper-rooted, and can help prevent weed growth. Ideally, you’ll want to keep your warm season grass at around two-thirds of its normal length. If your lawn’s blades can reach 3 inches at their apex, for instance, cut them down to 2 inches.
Having a grasp on your lawn, from the knowing the type of grass to knowing how to trim it when it needs trimming, can turn your backyard into the envy of your neighbors. More importantly, you won’t have to worry about your lawn turning into something mundane or unsightly during the time in the calendar that practically demands outdoor time. In turn, that will give you a great feeling that will never go away, no matter how long you’ve been tending to your lawn.
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