Current Conditions Lawn Tips

It's Getting Hot Already

Here are some tips to keep your lawn healthy, during the hot summer months.

Watering

Time to start watering

Your lawn needs 2-3" of rain or watering every week. Closer to 3" when temps are mid 80's and higher.

 

Water deep & infrequent.

 

2-3 times a week, for 45 min- 1 hr in each area. About 1" in each area, per watering.

 

Early morning is the best time. 

 

Avoid watering past 7:30 P.M. Doing so will invite fungus and disease as the grass blades would not have a chance to dry and stay wet overnight.

 

DO NOT water shallow and infrequent. Watering daily for 10-15 min in each area will be worse for your lawn then not watering at all.

 

Irrigation Systems - Be sure it is set to water deep & infrequent, a lot of irrigation companies will set it up for daily quick waterings. This is NOT the proper watering for our climate and grass types.

 

Our Summer guard fertilizer is specially formulated to not cause harm or burning if not watered in right away. The granules are encased in a poly coating that inhibits breaking down or releasing of nutrients until it has been water activated.

 

Does it have to be watered in? NO

 

Will it help activate and give you better results if you do?  Yes

 

For more accurate watering, use a rain gage.

Set a rain gage in the middle of your sprinklers coverage area, this will let you know how much you are watering. You can find them at most box stores, home improvement stores, and garden centers. Here is a link to an inexpensive one on Amazon.

 

A hose timer can make watering easier.

Mowing

Mow High 3.5 to 4" Especially in the Summer months

Keeping the grass taller, helps shade the soil from the sun, keeping it cooler. The taller you keep the grass the deeper the roots will go, helping it cope with the heat and other stresses. 

 

Adjusting your mower height

Don't go by the numbers or letters on your mower. Set the mower on level ground and measure from the ground to the bottom of the mower blade. This will give you an accurate measurement of your actual mowing height.

Mowing Frequency

Try not to mow on a set day every week, mow when the lawn needs it. In the Spring this might be every 4-5 days. In the Summer it could be every 10-14 days.

Avoid cutting off more than 1/3 of the grass blade

Doing so puts added stress on the entire plant, we want to avoid this if at all possible, especially in the Summer.

Avoid leaving clumps

It is better to mulch than bag, however if mulching is going to leave clumps you may need to bag this time or rake out the clumps.

 

Keep Your Mower Blades Sharp

 

Dull Mower Blade Damage:

Now that we have gotten through the heavy and wet spring mowing season, you should consider having your blades sharpened again to get you through the rest of the season.

 

Issues caused by dull mower blades: As you can see in the photo, the grass blades on the right are what they should look like and the ones on the left are from a dull mower blade. This can cause several problems that you want to avoid.

 

*It gives the lawn almost a brown cast over the whole lawn and will not look as green as it should. You should be able to tell that something is wrong.

 

*It will lead to water loss and increased disease susceptibility.

 

*If the condition persists into the hot summer months your lawn will have a much more difficult time coping with heat stress and could lead to severe damage.

Just a reminder - Weed Control is a killer, not a preventer.

Weeds need to be actively growing in order to spray and kill them. We spray any and all weeds we see on every visit, aside from the first application. Your first application includes fertilizer and crabgrass preventative, as it is generally too cold for weeds to be actively growing and be able to be killed.

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