Does sitting outside in the extreme summer heat stress you out? It stresses out your lawn too! The lack of sufficient water and unbearable heat can cause damage to your garden. Here are five tips on how to care for your lawn in extreme heat.
1. Do Not Cut Your Grass Too Short.
Mowing the lawn on a summer day can be exhausting, and you might think to cut the grass shorter. However, cutting your grass too short will stunt your plants’ ability to grow. When grass is cut at the proper height, it develops stronger roots that allow for more support and higher stress tolerance.
A good rule of thumb is to never remove more than 1/3 of the grass height at one time. Following this rule will allow your lawn to thrive and avoid stress.
2. Limit Watering
Grass manages better when the soil is dry rather than wet. When soil is consistently wet, it can cause problems. Moist soil deprives the grass roots of oxygen and makes it more susceptible to disease. Including rainfall, lawns typically only need 1″ of water per week. Watering early in the morning can give your yard the full benefit of hydration before the sun dries your lawn out by mid-day. Avoid watering your garden in the evening; standing water out can lead to fungal disease.
3. Use Organic Fertilizer
Tee Time uses a fully organic fertilizer on your lawn during the extreme heat. A summer application of organic fertilizer will continue to give your yard the nutrients it needs. Fully organic fertilizer will not burn your grass, even in the hottest and driest conditions.
4. Check Your Lawn for Pests and Lawn Disease
Pests and lawn diseases are more common during the summer months. Water early in the morning to avoid pests and fungus, try to water in the early morning. Avoid nighttime watering; this will increase the chances of pests, such as mosquitoes, to breed and fungus to grow.
5. Decrease Foot Traffic on Your Lawn in Extreme Heat
Wear and tear from foot traffic can take a toll on your lawn. Animals, workers, kids, or vehicles can damage the lawn’s structure, turning it brown and eventually wearing it to bare dirt. Be aware of any areas that appear to be getting worn from foot traffic and avoid them until those areas recover. Overseeding in early fall is an excellent way to thicken the lawn for the next year and help repair traffic damage from the summer.
How Tee Time Lawn Care Can Help
Hey, at least it’s not winter! For any lawn care need this summer, fall or spring, give us a call or reach out using the nearby quote form.