21 Dec Summer Lawn Care Tips
The (sometimes unpredictably) extreme heat will likely take a toll on your instant lawn this summer. If your lawn care routine falters, so will the health of your lawn. To keep the grass green and healthy, you may have to adapt your routine to be more suitable for withstanding higher temperatures.
Here are some tips to help you care for your lawn this summer.
Treat for grubs
Whenever summer rolls around, so do the bugs! Grubs, particularly armyworms and cockchafers, are drawn to lawns and their root systems, munching and causing damage as they go. The healthier the soil and lawn, the more susceptible to grubs since they’re attracted to the present nutrients. Signs of grub infiltration include sponge-like texture of the lawn, increased bug and moth activity and brown patches. Applying regular grub treatment helps in getting rid of them.
Mow at the right height
Compared to other seasons, summer lends itself to less mowing since the focus is on moisture retention. With the temperatures getting higher, water evaporates much more quickly. Taller grass blades help in countering that by providing enough shade to the soil, allowing water to seep deeper instead of evaporating. The ideal mowing height differs with grass type, but as a general rule, you should refrain from removing more than a third of the grass blades whenever you mow.
Aerate your lawn
Strengthen your lawn’s root system for more vigorous growth with aeration. Aeration involves poking holes into the soil to allow more air, water and nutrients to reach the roots. This process helps in alleviating soil compaction, which is more likely to happen during summer when there’s more foot traffic from kids running around and guests visiting. If you have warm-season grass, the recommended aeration time is during late spring or early summer. Before aeration, make sure the soil is moist enough to be easily perforated. Aerate the day after rainfall or after deep watering.
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