The summertime can be a challenging time for homeowners to keep their lawns green. As the days grow hotter, it is crucial to take steps to keep your grounds looking fabulous. Here are five easy and inexpensive ways that will help you maintain your beautiful lawn during the hottest season of the year.
1. Mow at the Right Height
Your mower blade setting plays a significant role in the upkeep of your lawn. If the blade gets set too low, it can scalp the ground, leaving patches of exposed soil. The edges will pull up grass instead of cutting it off its roots if it’s too high.
A good rule is to set your blade height between 3.5 inches for a healthy turfgrass and 4 inches if you have pets that play on the lawn.
2. Water When Needed
Like everything, lawns need enough water to grow. It's important not to let the grass go too long without water. Healthy lawns need about an inch of water a week to thrive. If mother nature isn't cooperating by providing rain, homeowners should water at least two days apart in the early morning or dusk.
An excellent way to test if your lawn needs watering is by feeling it with your hands or checking the turf for dry spots, brown patches, wilted plants, and other indicators.
3. Treat for Lawn Pests
Lawn pests like grubs, moles, and ticks can cause significant damage to any lawn. Treating your property for pests helps to eradicate these critters from wreaking further havoc on your lawn. Getting rid of these pests creates a safer outdoor environment for children and pets playing outdoors.
Moles feast on earthworms that keep the soil fertile. Molehills are eyesores and leave unsightly brown patches on your lawn. Because they burrow underneath the ground, they create an uneven surface that's unstable to walk on. Ticks feed on pets and humans and can pass life-altering diseases, such as Lyme Disease.
4. Don't Over Fertilizer
When caring for your lawn, there can be too much of a good thing. Applying too much fertilizer can have the opposite effect, causing damage or even killing your lawn.
Always read the instructions and use lawn chemicals sparingly. By doing so, you avoid the risk of excess fertilizer running off into your local watershed or nearby bodies of water, harming plants, fish, humans, and other living organisms that rely on these waters for sustenance.
5. Your Lawn Is Not a Parking Lot
Undoubtedly, summer is the hot season for parties, events, and get-togethers. If entertaining guests for a graduation party, informal wedding, or another special occasion, avoid the urge to use your lawn as a parking area.
Not only do heavy vehicles smash down the grass if the cars on the lawn have engine or oil leaks, but the automotive fluids could also prove detrimental to the health of your lawn.
We hope these five summer lawn care tips help you achieve the lushest green lawn this year!