Summer is the most wonderful time of the year. The sun is shining, and you can spend your days playing in the yard with your family and furry friends. But there’s one thing that can ruin all that fun: a brown, patchy lawn. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to keep your lawn green all summer long—and we’ve got ’em right here!
Lawn Mowing Best Practices
Mow high, not low. Most grasses grow best when they’re cut at a height of 2-3 inches.
Keep your mower sharp. Dull blades can tear the grass and cause it to turn brown much more quickly than if you use a sharp blade that makes clean cuts.
Mow often, but not too often — aim for once a week during the spring and twice a month during the summer season. Mow your lawn frequently enough to keep it at the height you want, but don’t overdo it. Over-mowing can damage the grass and encourage weeds. Ideally, mow when the grass is dry and about an inch or two high.
Mow in different directions. Changing the direction of your mower blades can help reduce the amount of thatch — dead grass, roots and soil — that builds up in your lawn. If you’re mowing at a higher setting, this will help prevent scalping.
Try mulching – When the grass clippings fall onto your lawn after being cut by your mower, they help fertilize it! That’s why experts recommend that you don’t bag them up or dump them into compost piles right after trimming; instead, try leaving them on top so that they can continue feeding your turf as it grows back again each time you mow.
Properly Watering Your Lawn
Water your lawn in the early morning – when temperatures are cooler, water will be absorbed more easily and effectively by the grass. Watering your lawn in the evening promotes disease and fungus so always water in the morning.
Water your lawn the right amount. It’s important to water your lawn correctly, so it doesn’t dry out too quickly or become over-saturated with water. The best way to water your lawn is with a sprinkler or soaker hose. These methods are less likely to cause problems such as runoff, which can lead to erosion and polluted waterways.
Using an automatic sprinkler system is best. Using an automatic system that will turn on and off at specific times based on weather conditions or soil moisture levels keeps your lawn perfectly watered.
Fertilizing = Nutrients
Prevent or correct lawn problems by fertilizing your grass. Fertilizer gives your lawn a boost of nutrients to grow strong, green grass that resists disease and weeds. It’s important to use the right fertilizer for your situation and apply it correctly.
It would be best if you fertilized in spring and fall when you’re still mowing regularly. Apply fertilizer before growth begins so that new roots can take up the nutrients after they’re applied to help them grow stronger and faster during their first season of growth. We recommend spray applications 3-4 visits per year. Weeds tend to germinate every 6-8 weeks so we aim to visit on that same frequency. If you are looking to make progress on the number of weeds in the yard start with 4 visits and drop down to 3 when you want yard maintenance.
Aerating Improves Airflow
Aeration lets your lawn breathe. Aerating loosens up the soil so that air can circulate better and water can drain more freely through it. If the soil becomes compacted from foot traffic or equipment, air cannot reach the roots of grass plants, causing them to suffocate and die.
Aerating improves your lawn’s roots. Aeration is the process of removing small plugs of soil from the lawn in order to allow air and water to reach the roots. Aeration helps the lawn’s root system to grow and develop more quickly, which results in deeper roots that hold onto nutrients better so they can be used by grass plants.
Overseeding Adds New Life to Your lawn
Add new grass. Overseeding your lawn is a great way to repair damaged areas of your lawn, or to introduce a new type of grass. The more grass that is growing means fewer weeds can take root.
Keep the overseed growing. After overseeding, you’ll need to keep the new seedlings hydrated, nourished, and clean. Take special care to water the grass frequently, fertilize regularly, and mowed when necessary.
Hopefully, these tips will help you keep your lawn green all summer long! We know that you want a high-quality lawn, but you also want it to be affordable and easy to maintain. We understand that you have a busy life and don’t want to spend your free time mowing and weeding. That’s why we offer a variety of lawn care services to fit your needs.
Whether you need weekly mowing or seasonal maintenance, we can keep your lawn looking great at an affordable price. Our experienced team will make sure that your lawn is always healthy, lush, and green!