Summer is in full swing, meaning that you are likely spending more time outside. With your lawn being a place where much of that time is spent, it’s important to keep it healthy. Although this may be true, Summer’s scorching heat can present challenges to maintaining a healthy summer lawn, but we have plenty of tips to help you keep up with it and overcome these challenges.
Watering your lawn in the summer
Summer is an important time when it comes to watering your lawn properly. The scorching heat falls directly on your lawn which results in dry and dead grass. Generally speaking, lawns should receive at least 1 inch of water (per week) to stay healthy.
Watering your lawn early in the day will give the soil enough time to absorb the water before the sun is at its peak. This will prevent the water from evaporating and keep your summer lawn healthy.
If your lawn doesn’t receive enough water, it can experience drought damage. Here are a few symptoms of drought damage:
- Change in grass color and writhing.
- Impressions left in the grass after you step on it, meaning your lawn isn’t springing back up after items (or feet) are placed on it.
- Crunching and crackling under the pressure of your steps.
- Grass blades wilting and folding over.
Mowing your lawn this summer
When we think of a perfectly mowed lawn in mind, we think of grass that is short. In the summer, it’s necessary to let your grass grow a bit longer to provide shade for your lawn’s soil. This helps prevent the summer heat from evaporating your new watering methods that you’re implementing for this season. Keeping the grass longer will also allow the roots to grow further into the soil, giving your lawn a fuller and greener appearance.
Warm-season lawns will do great with just 1 to 2.5 inches and can even be maintained as low as .75 inches.
Always mow your lawn in a different direction to avoid creating a pattern. Remember, keeping your mower blade sharp keeps your lawn looking better and helps prevent fungal disease when grass blades are torn and not cut.