Taking Care Of Your Lawn In The Summer Heat
During the summer months, the hot weather and blazing sun can take a toll on your lawn. Keeping your grass healthy and looking great can be challenging.
Here are some tips to help you protect your lawn all summer long.
- Sharpen Your Blades
Keep your mower blades very sharp. Dull blades will cause the grass to fray and that makes your lawn more susceptible to turning brown.
- Don't Cut It Too Short
Leaving your grass a little longer in the summer will help it to develop stronger roots that can absorb and retain moisture. Try to keep your grass about 4 inches high during the warmer months.
- Mow When It's Not Too Hot
Mow your grass early in the morning or later in the evening. The hot sun can damage freshly cut grass.
- How Much and When To Water
Overwatering can damage a lawn as much as underwatering can. A lawn requires about one inch of water per week, and that includes rainfall. A rule of thumb is to water infrequently, but deeply, so that the root system can efficiently absorb and retain the moisture.
Use a mulching mower instead of bagging the grass clippings. The mulched grass will help to trap moisture and protect the lawn from the summer sun.
Avoid fertilizing your lawn during the summer months. Fertilizing can burn the lawn in the hot sun, so wait until the fall or spring.