Summer heat is almost here. You know what that means, right? It’s baking time for your lawn, but it always seems like a couple of yards in the neighborhood seem to escape the inevitable. How? Here are three secrets to help you keep a healthy summer lawn and be the envy of the neighborhood.
It’s Training Time for Your Lawn
A healthy summer lawn is a trained lawn.
Yes, you read that right, training.
The secret is to teach it to develop a deep root system that will see it through the summer months without watering every day.
Give it a long soak two or three times per week rather than a short. Doing this will teach the roots of your grass to search for water at a deeper level. Short, daily soaks will create a shallow root system that can burn out quickly and turn brown in the hottest parts of the summer.
Note: Water early in the day. The best time to water is 5 am. Be sure to set your sprinkler system schedule so that the lawn will have enough time to dry out during the day.
Lawns Need Air to Breathe
Could your lawn be gasping for breath?
Ok, maybe not gasping, but I can imagine it saying:
“Help, I can’t breathe!”
Making sure your lawn gets enough oxygen will help it thrive when the heat is on.
Aerate the soil. Aeration is the process of perforating the ground at intervals to alleviate compaction, which allows water and nutrients to penetrate deep below the surface. You can do this yourself by pushing a garden fork into the ground at 15cm intervals over your entire lawn. Or, the most convenient and effective method is to hire a lawn care service and let the professionals handle it.
Don’t Forget to Feed It
So, let’s get this straight…
A healthy summer lawn needs water, oxygen, and food.
Are your lawn care needs starting to sound a little human?
It may not be human, but it is alive and needs nurturing and care to survive the summer heat.
A simple way to feed your lawn is with a fertilizer spray or granules. The general rule of thumb is to fertilize every six weeks. Be sure to apply the right amount and spread it evenly. Too much can turn the turf brown. Also, you’ll notice many fertilizers specify which particular time of year to use them. Make sure you select the one for a summer feed.
Click here for a list of the best liquid lawn fertilizers on the market, and how to do it.
Note: Did you know that each blade of grass stores nutrients? Each time we cut the grass we are taking its personal store of nutrients.
You Can Have a Healthy Summer Lawn
While these suggestions aren’t the only means to a healthy summer lawn, they will prove essential on the journey. Of course, the real secret to a healthy summer lawn is to hire a professional. No one knows how to take care of a yard like a lawn care service professional.
Do you live in the Northwest Arkansas area? Are you ready to have a beautiful lawn year-round? Let Nichols Reliable Lawn Care & More get your grass in shape.
We are centrally located and offer quick response times. Call us today for a FREE estimate and have the best turf grass in the neighborhood. (479) 502-2192