Summer brings outdoor activities like barbecues and backyard fun for children and pets. As everyone starts spending more time outdoors during the summer, follow our five summer lawn care tips to maintain a healthy, entertainment-worthy lawn.
1. Water Your Lawn Correctly
Many homeowners think that the hot summer months mean to water your lawn frequently. However, the way you water is more important than the frequency of watering. Believe it or not, more plants are destroyed through over-watering than under-watering. Grass and plants are capable of surviving in the summer heat. Efficient tips for watering include:
Water your lawn and plants less often, but thoroughly.
Water in the early morning or evening. The sun and heat do not steal moisture from the plants.
Grass should get at least one inch of water per week.
Tee Time Tip: Lawns that receive less than one inch of water will likely go dormant. That is okay because the grass is still alive. Lawns that are allowed to become inactive and brown usually recover nicely when the weather brings regular rainfall.
2. Mow Your Lawn Correctly
Your grass is starting to grow fast during the summer. You might even be cutting more than once a week to keep up with all that growth. Homeowners are tempted to mow their lawns shorter than the recommended amount. However, proper mowing techniques will help promote your lawn's good health. Here are some tips to keep in mind when mowing your yard during the hot summer months:
Set your mower blades to 3 inches.
Remember to clean underneath your mower to prevent spreading lawn diseases.
It is okay to leave grass clippings on the lawn so that these clippings can decompose and nourish the soil. However, remove large clump like leaves, twigs, and debris.
3. Watch Your Lawn For Grubs
Summertime means that grub worms, the larvae stage of Japanese, and other sub-surface insects start feeding on the lawns' tender root systems. June is the prime time to apply preventive grub control.
To check if your lawn has grub damage, look for browning or wilting patches of grass on your lawn. Once you have spotted these patches, pull the sod back and look for white, C-shaped grubs. If you see multiple grubs, your yard needs to be treated with a grub preventer. Tee Time offers a Preventive Grub Control as a quick and effective solution to grub infestations.
4. Treat Your Lawn For Pests
Insects may come out in full force during the summer and be a nuisance to you and your lawn. Dormant or drought-stressed grasses can be more susceptive to insect infestations, including chinch bugs, armyworms, ants, fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. Minor infestations are often easy to take care of, but severe problems may require attention. Tee Time offers many pest control programs that will control these infestations from growing and becoming a bigger problem.
5. Treat Your Lawn For Lawn Diseases
Summer is the time for fungal diseases, such as dollar spots and brown patches. Avoid watering your lawn in the evening, to keep nighttime moisture at a minimum. Homeowners will mistake lawn disease for fertilizer burn. Our professional at Tee Time can survey your landscape to spot any dangers of lawn disease. It is best to quickly treat lawn diseases so that the fungi do not spread and create unrepairable damage to your lawn.
How Tee Time Lawn Care Can Help
With your five summer lawn care tips in mind, you can now start planning for sunshine and spending longs days out on your lawn. Whether it is a lawn care fertilization plan, fungal treatment, pest control, or landscaping, our team will be happy to work with you, answer all of your questions, and get you started on the program that fits your needs.