The summer season is officially here, which means the temperatures will be rising from the east coast to west. As a result, lawns will fade with the stress of this warm weather.
Homeowners should take certain precautions to protect their lawn from the summer climate, which we’re going to discuss further in today’s blog post.
Raise Your Lawnmower Blade
The scorching summer heat can stress grass, causing it to yellow or even die in certain areas. You can protect your lawn from such damage, however, by raising the blade on your lawnmower.
Many people prefer to use the lowest blade setting possible, simply because it reduces the number of times they have to cut it. But cutting it with a low blade setting also stresses the grass, increasing the risk of damage.
Try raising your blade to 2-3” so your grass will hold more moisture and have a little more “breathing” room to work with.
I know this probably sounds like common sense, but it’s still worth mentioning that you should keep your lawn hydrated during the summer. With temperatures exceeding 95 degrees Fahrenheit in many states, grass can quickly lose what little moisture it has.
Thankfully, this is easily fixed by connecting a sprinkler to an outside water faucet. Watering deeply, at least 1 inch of water, once a week can keep your yard looking great all summer long.
Keep in mind that some states, counties and cities may have their own restrictions on water usage, and failing to abide by these restrictions could result in a fine.
Check with your respective municipality before watering your yard to determine whether or not there are water restrictions in place.
One of the most common lawn issues faced by homeowners during the summer is brown spots. Unfortunately, there’s no easy solution to this issue, as it’s often indicative of dead grass.
When you notice brown spots forming in your yard, try to go back over the area with fresh grass seed and fertilizer, followed by watering it. This should spur new grass to grow, overtaking the old, dead/dying grass.
It’s not going to happen immediately, but the brown spots will eventually turn into a lush, healthy green color once again.
These are just a few things to keep in mind when maintaining your lawn this summer. Above all else, though, make sure it receives plenty of water.
If it hasn’t rained in a while, and there are no water restrictions in your area, install a sprinkler system to hydrate your lawn.
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