Drought and high heat threaten to cook our well-tended, luscious, green lawns. Also, you can expect traffic from children and animals to result in more wear and tear than you might desire. These variables may turn your once-green lawn into a brown and desolate wasteland.
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Thus, it’s paramount to know how to keep your grass green and healthy in the summer. Follow these helpful tips.
Let It Grow
Setting your mower to a lower setting might be tempting, as you may hope you don’t have to mow the lawn as often in the hot and sticky air. However, cutting your grass on the highest setting allows for the growth of longer roots, which may access more moisture in the soil even in hot and dry conditions.
Grass can become parched quickly during the summer without moisture during dry periods. So you must work to preserve its greenish appearance. If you keep the grass too short, the lawn may burn and reach a point of no return. Therefore, adjusting your mower’s settings to the highest level is essential for lawn maintenance. You’ll enjoy a healthy and thriving lawn.
Be a Lean, Mean, Weed-Killing Machine
There aren’t many things more aggravating than seeing a lawn full of weeds and dandelions. If you were lax with winterizing and spring preparation, it may seem like you have a garden full of these pesky plants.
While applying weed killer to your lawn is tempting, you’re better off removing the weeds by hand. You can use a fork or small handheld garden shovel to dig them up from the root to ensure they don’t grow back.
Feed It More
When you’re trying to stay fit, you’ll try to maintain a healthy diet with highly nutritious food. It’s not that different with your lawn; it also needs to eat healthily. Applying a slow-release fertilizer delivers nutrients while also protecting the lawn from burning.
The bacteria in the soil digest nutrients in roughly six to eight weeks, so you should fertilize your grass at set intervals. Regular fertilizer replenishment will encourage the grass to grow lush, blocking the weeds from growing below.
However, if your grass is dormant, fertilizing it will do you no good. You’re better off waiting for the Earth’s natural sprinkler system—rainfall.
Give It Some Water
When you feel parched, you rush to the fridge and pour a glass of ice-cold water to refresh yourself. With the sun beating down on your lawn day in and day out, you need to refresh the grass every so often to refresh it.
Any homeowner must be diligent with their water routine, assuming that a two-week heatwave and dry spell are inevitable. The best time to water your lawn is in the morning before it becomes too hot outside. Plus, water mixing with the natural dew of the grass is a good combination.
You must also know where the water is going. Have an attentive eye to ensure every area is getting wet. You don’t want to leave any part of your yard out of the range of your sprinkling system. Also, you don’t want to drench one spot.
Knowing how to keep your grass green and healthy in the summer is the first of many steps you must follow to maintain an immaculate lawn. No one wants to be the neighbor with the desert-like lawn, so start the maintenance regimen today.