Maintaining Your Lawn in the Summer HeatIt’s that time of year when you step outside to enjoy your day and immediately want to seek refuge in your air-conditioned home. The Arkansas heat can be brutal on everyone and everything. You know to take special precautions with your family, pet, car, and even clothes to stay safe. But, a common homeowner mistake is to improperly treat grass damaged by the heat. We suggest these three tips to keep your lawn looking great even during times of extreme heat.

Let it Grow

When cutting your lawn, we suggest trying to keep your grass a little longer. Grass that is mowed too short will produce less energy which hinders its ability to grow. Because different types of grass have growth habits that require unique mowing heights, there is not one recommended height. In these cases, it is always important to remember the one-third rule. Never remove more than one-third of the grass height. This will help ensure proper growth. Refrain from cutting grass during times of drought to save your grass from even more damage. The best times to cut your grass are after a rainfall or after an irrigation day. Make sure the grass is dry before mowing over it to avoid clumping.  

Leave Clippings Be

While many homeowners are used to collecting grass clippings, it is actually best to leave them. Grass clippings can act as a fertilizer for your lawn and provide many benefits when the heat is doing its worst. This is best done with a mulching mower which automatically returns clippings as you mow.

Don’t Drown Your Lawn

One of the most common mistakes homeowners make when taking care of their lawn in extreme heat is to overwater it. Summer rains may not be frequent in Northwest Arkansas, but that doesn’t call for more water than usual. After a rain, make sure not to irrigate a lawn the next day. Your lawn should not be watered every day and should only be watered when it starts to look dry. Steer clear of this common mistake to make sure you don’t drown your lawn.

Whatever your lawn care needs are, the trusted professionals at Nichols Reliable Lawn Care are here to help. Give us a call today! 479-502-2192