The summer season is here, which means the temperatures will continue to rise as we make our way through the year. The warm temperatures are certainly nice, but it can also stress grass and plants. So, what can you do to keep your lawn healthy this summer?
Mow Grass at 3 Inches
Mowing your grass too low will stress it, causing it to brown and even die. On the other hand, mowing it too high will force you to go back over it just days later.
There’s a fine line you must balance to keep your grass healthy but still low enough so you don’t have to re-mow it often. In most regions, setting the blade at 3” works well for the summer.
The only time when you should raise it just half an inch to an inch higher is when there’s a severe heat wave. Other than that, though, it’s best to mow your grass at 3” height.
Assuming there’s not a water ban in your area (hint: check before watering), set up a sprinkler system to keep your lawn hydrated. The summer sun can easily sap moisture from grass and plant life, causing it to quickly die.
But as long as you have a sprinkler system in place, this shouldn’t be an issue. Just remember to cover your entire lawn and not just a single area.
Mulch with Grass Clippings
Some homeowners assume it’s best to collect grass clippings when mowing their lawn, disposing of them elsewhere. The truth, however, is that grass clippings are a nutrient-rich mulch that can be used to further enhance the health of your lawn.
Instead of collecting and disposing of the clippings, let your lawn mower shoot them back onto your lawn. The added nutrients will give your grass a helpful boost, encouraging lush-green growth.
Mosquitoes and other insects are a serious nuisance during the summer. An infestation can make it difficult to enjoy your backyard or patio.
To reduce the risk of an infestation, it’s recommended that you remove water-collecting debris. Mosquitoes only need a small amount of standing water to lay thousands of eggs.
Removing debris like old tires, buckets, gardening tools, etc. will ward off mosquitoes and other pests while keeping your lawn nice and clean in the process.
These are just a few tips to keep your lawn nice and healthy this summer season.
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