Do you spend a lot of time in your yard in the summer? Maybe you love barbecuing, playing badminton, splashing in a swimming pool, or all of the above. Part of the fun of summer is enjoying the sight of a lush, green lawn, but the summer heat can be hard on your grass. Discover some ways to keep your lawn looking great even as it endures the hot summer sun.
Water Once or Twice a Week
Instead of giving your lawn a gentle watering every day, give it a thorough watering once or twice each week. A lawn needs one to one and a half inches of water each week to stay hydrated. If you don’t want to spend the time doing this on your own, hook up a sprinkler with a timer. That way, you can be assured that your lawn is getting the water it needs on a regular basis.
Fertilizing your lawn once every six weeks contributes to its healthy appearance. Use a fertilizer with a nitrogen rating ranging from 10 to 14. Using fertilizer with a low amount of nitrogen gives you a green lawn that doesn’t grow too fast.
Water Your Grass in the Morning
When you water your lawn, you want to really make your efforts count. Make it a point to water your grass before 10 o’clock in the morning. The temperature is still low at that time, so there will be less evaporation. The water will have a chance to travel all the way down to the roots to give your grass a refreshing drink before the heat of the day sets in!
Mow With Care
Allowing your lawn to grow taller is one way to protect the roots of the grass. Also, when you allow your grass to grow to a height of three and a half inches, the grass roots will be longer. This means the soil will absorb more moisture, which provides more nourishment for your grass. Your yard can still look manicured even if the grass is a little taller than the average lawn on your street.
Maintain Your Mower
The blade on a lawnmower can dull over time. When grass is cut using a dull mower blade, it tears the grass instead of cutting it with precision. Not surprisingly, this can harm the grass blades, making them turn brown. Be sure to have your mower blade checked and sharpened if necessary.
Avoid Giving Your Lawn a Hot Shower
If you leave your garden hose in the sun and don’t disconnect and drain it, the water left inside can really heat up. The next time you go to water your lawn, you may be spraying it with some of that residual hot water, which can scorch your grass and damage it. You can prevent this by storing your garden hose under the carport or in the garage to keep it out of the sun. If you prefer to keep the hose in the yard, empty the residual water and run cold water through it for a minute or two before beginning to water the grass.
It’s surprising that just a few simple steps can help your lawn to look its best throughout the summer. Thanks for reading. – Alan