There are a variety of steps you can take to keep your lawn safe and green even during the hottest, driest summer days. It doesn’t have to be too difficult to keep the grass green throughout the summer months. Through constantly following these guidelines, your lawn will remain beautiful throughout the entire season.
1. Be more mindful of your watering habits One of the most important things you can do to keep your lawn safe is regular watering. Turf will suffer under the hot sun when done incorrectly, and lose its good, verdant look. Below are several activities to be practiced to ensure that your grass receives the moisture it needs:
* Soak the Lawn During Dry Spells: in summer, it may last for weeks between rainfall. The grass will dorm during dry periods to conserve energy. It may appear in color dry and gray, or black. This is the strategy used by the plant to protect itself against drought, and it will usually recover when the weather becomes cooler and wetter in the fall. Daily summer watering will avoid dormancy, and help train your turf to grow deep roots that can withstand summer heat. Attempt to spray in a way that mimics the pattern of rainfall for best results. This means getting the grass soaked at unusual intervals. Watering grass regularly, but occasionally, can help saturate the root zone, resulting in deeper roots and a healthier plant. In general, you can soak the grass three or four times a week, adding approximately one inch of water a week to your lawn. This will make grass safer than watering on a daily basis.
* Morning watering: Irrigation is most effective if done early in the morning. It is best to water between 6 am and 10 am to reduce the evaporation of the bath. When you spray midday when the sun is high in the sky, the lawn won’t benefit as much, as some of the water will evaporate before the grass has a chance to absorb it. Watering when the sun is out is also necessary, so the grass can go through the photosynthesis cycle. If you spray at night the grass won’t be able to absorb and use the water effectively. Alternatively, the increased dampness could lead to disease growth.
* Pay attention to where the water goes: keep a close eye on your lawn while watering to avoid wasting time and money. Seek to stop rain or pavements or roads of water. When you see water running off or creating puddles, it might be time to move your sprinkler to a different location. When rain occurs before your lawn has had an opportunity to drain, shut off the water for around 15 to 20 minutes to allow the water to absorb completely. Then, just try again. By unintentionally watering down driveways, sidewalks or other roads, many homeowners waste water. Start aiming all the water toward your plant. Consider investing in an adjustable sprinkler that is suited to your lawn size and shape.
Avoid Watering in the Rain: This may seem like a simple idea, but if you have an automatic sprinkler device, watering in the rain is an easy mistake. Then keep your watering plan flexible. If rain is in the forecast, prepare to turn off your watering system and be able to get back to your watering routine once the weather is dry again.
* Do not use hot water: the water will get hot enough to scorch the grass when a hose is left lying in the sun, with water still in it. Be sure to drain your hose after every use to avoid causing too-hot water to hurt your lawn.
2. Hold Your Grass Longer Mow in a higher setting. Longer grass would allow longer roots to be formed that can reach more humidity in the soil— even when the weather is hot and dry. Growing grass longer should keep it from drying out too soon, and make sure the longer blades protect the roots better.
Mowing too short a grass can cause damage. It can leave the lawn scorched to the point where the plant may not recover. Fortunately, the issue can be completely avoided. For a common practice, stop mowing the grass shorter than 3 to 3 1⁄2 inches or cutting more than 1/3 of its height at once. Mowing more often will encourage mowing to the right length while still adhering to these guidelines.
Keep in mind that you will need to water your lawn more often and more gently if you choose to mow your grass short. Watering gently and regularly can cause shorter roots. It in turn raises tension during droughts.
3. Feed Your Lawn To stay healthy your lawn needs a source of food. Applying a slow-release fertilizer provides a nutrient supply and helps protect the turf from burning up.
The absorption of nutrients takes about six to eight weeks for the bacteria in the soil. Which means the lawn will be fertilized at regular intervals. Daily replenishment of nutrients can help the grass grow tall, which helps to crowd out weeds and keep the soil cool.
Keep on adding fertilizer, if your grass is already dormant. It’s best to wait to fertilize until there has been more rainfall and the grass has had a chance to revive.
It is important to note that in the warmer months also many insects are more involved. If you find any brown spots on your lawn after watering that don’t go away, you may have an insect or disease problem.
4. Take Weeds care Be careful to clear the weeds from your lawn. Instead of spreading weed killer to the whole lawn at once, the safest approach is to take care of them early and often. On the contrary, manually dig weeds or use a weeding fork. To treat a larger area, try “painting” it onto the whole affected area by adding weed killer.
5. Aerate Your Lawn The lawn needs to be able to “breathe.” In fact, aerated lawns will be better able to absorb water, which will minimize runoff frequency. Using a garden fork is one easy and economical way to aerate. Drive the garden fork into the ground at intervals of approximately one foot. Rent an aerator to promote the work for a better lawn.
6. Watch for wear and tear Simply from daily traffic your lawn will experience added stress. Kids, livestock, staff, or vehicles may cause considerable wear and tear to your grass and the ground below. Excess traffic can cause damage to the plant’s structure. If you find traffic damage on your lawn, be sure to avoid damaged area until it gets the chance to recover.
Supervised your lawn at the beginning of fall to avoid damage from daily wear and tear. This will help thicken the lawn for the upcoming season and also help repair damage from the current year.
7. Try a New Grass Variety One way to achieve a good lawn is to know what kind of turf you’ve got. Most lawns are a combination of Annual Rye, Fescue and Kentucky Bluegrass. When exposed to hot temperatures some turf gets stressed. If the grass is safe, it could recover. But if there is already stress from drought, mowing damage or insects and disease, it may not bounce back.
If you have an older lawn, it may be time to consider a more comprehensive renovation. Some older turf varieties may not be able to handle the heat as well, whereas newer varieties are better equipped to handle the heat. Reseed your lawn with a new variety like a Tall Fescue mix, which does well under the hot sun, might be worthwhile.