A healthy lawn makes your whole home look better. Follow these summer lawn maintenance tips to keep your grass lush and green all season long.
Mowing for Healthy Lawn Maintenance
When you mow during summer, allow the grass to remain a little taller than at other times of the year. 3-4 inches is an ideal height. No more than one-third of the total length should be cut. Taller grass has deeper roots, lower weed growth, and higher drought tolerance.
Invest in a mulching mower. It makes summer lawn maintenance easier. Mulching mowers have a special blade to shred grass clippings. Leave the grass clippings on the lawn to retain moisture and return nutrients to the soil.
Watering Helps With Lawn Maintenance
Water your grass with about an inch of water each week as part of your summer lawn maintenance. A rain gauge determines if the weather has provided enough water for your grass. When it doesn’t rain enough, provide a deep watering before 10 a.m. Watering in the early morning prevents water loss from evaporation and deters fungal growth.
If you must fertilize during summer, use an organic, slow-release fertilizer that is made specifically for hot weather. Avoid synthetic fertilizers. They can burn your lawn in the summer heat.
Summer Lawn Maintenance Includes Weeding
Weed control is an important part of summer lawn maintenance. Get rid of weeds before they distribute seeds for next summer. If there are only a few weeds, pull them by hand. Herbicides can burn your lawn. To use a weed killer safely, wait for a stretch of days when the temperature is below 85 degrees. As with any lawn chemicals, follow the instructions on the label to avoid damage to your grass.
Dealing With Grubs
Grubs are the larval stage of various species of Scarab Beetles. They are a common lawn pest in the United States. Grubs damage lawns by feeding on grass roots. Most grub control should be applied in early to midsummer to prevent grub damage.