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Summer is in full bloom, use these DIY yard care tips to keep it neat.
Spring lawn care is about getting your lawn healthy and green, summer lawn care is about KEEPING it healthy while temperatures soar and rainfall becomes a fleeting memory. It’s also about maintaining a lawn that can withstand all the barbecues, games, parties, and running feet that summer has to offer. Here are some tips for keeping your lawn in shape over those long, hot days of summer.
Most lawns need around two inches of water per week, or more in extreme temperatures. To keep track of this you can use a rain gauge or even a straight sided can to track the amount of rainfall and water coming from your irrigation.
Be sure to deeply water to encourage drought tolerant roots.
Water early in the daytime or late in the evening to reduce evaporation.
Stick with the same watering routine. Grass does best with a consistent watering schedule, and starting and stopping a watering pattern can stunt your lawn's growth.
By summer, many lawns begin to show signs of wear. Installing stepping stones may minimize damage to your grass, and minimize traffic on dormant, brittle lawns.
Keep mower blades sharp.
Raise your mower blade in the summer. Taller grass is more drought-tolerant, grows deeper roots, and helps shade the earth to prevent weed seeds from germinating. Cool-season grasses should be mowed at 3”- 4” during the summer, or as high as your blade will go.
Mulching grass clippings helps keep moisture levels steady.
Mow regularly, to prevent cutting more than 1/3 of the grass blade at a time. This keeps your grass healthier and prevents the clippings from smothering the grass.
Weed and Insect Control
Summer is the season to get those growing weeds removed before they bloom and disperse seed for next year.
Targeted post emergent herbicides are designed to kill broadleaf weeds without harming turf grass, but they must be applied when temperatures will be below 85° for a few days. Keep in mind that during the heat of summer, ANY product can be damaging to already-stressed lawn grasses, so use sparingly or hand-pull weeds instead.
Summer is also the time for fungal diseases, such as powdery mildew and brown patch. Apply fungicide if needed, and avoid watering in the evening to keep nighttime moisture at a minimum.
Dormant or drought-stressed summer lawns can be more susceptible to insect infestations, such as chinch bugs, cutworms, armyworms, sod webworms, fire ants, fleas, and mosquitoes. Minor infestations often take care of themselves, but severe problems may require attention.
Grubs will begin hatching in your lawn over the summer. If grubs typically cause problems in your lawn, you can begin applying grub control around midsummer.
me, which brings road trips,warmer temperatures and a fast growing landscape. Here are a few tips to help make your landscape look its best for your summertime outdoor festivities.