Summer Lawn Care Tips
Summer is a great time for outdoor fun in the sun. A nice backyard barbecue with your family or a quick game of football in the front yard are some of our favorite things to do in the Summer. What makes these activities even more enjoyable is a good looking lawn. Keeping your lawn maintained throughout the summer is worth it for those days of intimate family time outside. Here are our best tips for caring for your lawn during the Summer.
Mowing the Lawn
Our best tip for mowing your lawn is to keep your blades sharp and set the blades as high as possible. Keeping blades sharp allows for even cuts instead of ragged cuts. Even cuts help keep your grass healthy. Additionally, the taller your grass is, the more sunlight it can get. This allows the grass to provide more nutrients to the soil below keeping it healthy. Shorter grass will not be able to soak in as much sunlight thereby causing your soil to be less productive. Although it might be hard to consider soil and roots when thinking of grass because it’s so green and plentiful, but just like plants, the health of your grass is determined by water, sunlight, and soil nutrients.
Speaking of nutrients, did you know grass clippings can be beneficial to your grass? After mowing your grass, you’ll have lots of clippings of dead grass to throw away. However, you may be surprised to learn that dead grass clippings can provide nutrients to the soil of your lawn. In fact, if you redistribute the old grass evenly across your lawn, the old grass will decompose and provide a rich supply of nutrients to the soil below. Furthermore, the old grass will provide ample shade giving your lawn a break from the scorching heat of the sun.
Water is the magic elixir of life. Just like the human body, your grass needs water to survive. Without water, living things die. Maintaining a regular schedule of watering is vital to keeping your lawn lush and healthy. The best time to water your lawn is early in the morning before 10 a.m. During this time, your grass can amply soak up the water down into the soil below without the sun’s heat evaporating the moisture. We call this the sweet spot. This time early in the morning provides a balance where the grass won’t be soaked, but it will have enough time to hydrate from the watering. Try not to water late in the evening. If your grass is left with too much moisture overnight, you can inadvertently promote the growth of disease causing fungus.
These are a few of our best tips for maintaining proper care of your lawn during the Summer. Having a lawn can be a job, but with good planning and some time, you can have the best lawn on the block! If you’re interested in having a professional look at your lawn for an estimate or even if you need advice, give us a call. We provide free estimates and we pride ourselves on providing top quality lawn care at a reasonable price.