Six Tips To Keep Your Lawn Beautiful
The cool and rainy spring has left our lawns lush and deep green. But heat and humidity are here. Here are six tips to keep your lawn beautiful as we transition to summer:
1. Watering – Most lawns need one inch of water per week to stay green through the summer. If Mother Nature doesn’t provide rain, you should give your lawn one inch of water once a week – How long does it take to dispense one inch of water? Place an empty container on your lawn. Turn on your sprinkler and record the time it takes to fill the bucket with one inch of water. On average, it’ll take about 1½ hours. or half an inch of water twice a week. Long, slow watering is preferable to frequent, quick watering because it enables the water to soak deeply into the soil, encouraging deep and vigorous root systems.
2. Mowing – Mowing is one of the most important and routine parts of lawn care. Yet it’s also one of the most common causes of problems. If your grass is mowed too short and too frequently, it can develop shallow roots. This weak root system struggles to withstand drought, and the grass thins out Dull mower blades damage grass, leaving it susceptible to disease. and dies back. As the lawn steadily deteriorates, it creates a favorable environment for weeds and disease.
One of the easiest ways to maintain a fabulous lawn is to mow with sharp blades set at a minimum of 3”. Mowing with dull blades tears the grass rather than cutting it. Ripped, ragged leaf tips turn brown, heal slowly and leave the grass susceptible to disease infection. Sharpen the blades after every 10 to 15 hours of mowing. Mow when the grass is dry and vary your pattern, otherwise your lawn could develop a persistent grain.
3. Grass Clippings – When you’re mowing, let the clippings fall on your lawn, as long as they’re not too long and don’t pile up. The recycled nutrients will help keep your grass green and reduce the number of times you need to fertilize. If you’re worried about the appearance of clippings on your lawn, follow my recommendation of cutting no more than 1/3 of the grass blades every time you mow. For instance, if you’re maintaining your lawn at a 3” mowing height, you should cut your grass when it reaches 4.5” in height. If you prefer to collect the grass clippings in a bag, add them to your compost pile.
4. Feed Your Lawn – Most lawns need regular applications of fertilizer to look their best. This should coincide with the natural growth cycle of the grass. Most lawns need 25% of their fertilizer applications now in late spring, with the balance in the fall. For late spring, We recommends organic fertilizers, such as Ringer Lawn Restore. They’re long lasting, won’t burn your lawn and can help suppress diseases.
5. Grub Control – Grubs live in the soil and damage lawns by feeding on the roots. Because they’re out of sight, grubs often go unnoticed until large patches of dead grass begin to appear in your lawn. Apply Bayer Advanced Season Long Grub Control now before the eggs begin to hatch. One application will last through the summer.
6. Weed Control – Although your lawn can get stressed by hot, dry conditions, crabgrass, spurge, lespedeza and other summer weeds thrive in that weather. Stop weeds before they get started with Preen Crabgrass Preventer. If you applied a weed preventer in early spring, you’ll need to make a second application in late June for season-long control.