Keeping your lawn looking good is hard work, especially during the dog days of summer. The amount of attention you pay to your yard now will determine its performance for the rest of the year and into the next. Everyone knows that a well-maintained yard boosts your curb appeal and can even increase the value of your home. Check out these summer lawn care tips to ensure your yard stays green and healthy through the most stressful time of the year.
Getting weeds under control in the summer is the top priority when it comes to curb appeal. Weeds, especially crabgrass, are out in full force in the summer and they can ruin the appearance of your landscaping. The key to effective weed control is to get them early in the spring with pre-emergent herbicides. This won’t eliminate all weeds, but it will definitely make your life easier for a few months until the summer weeds start to invade. However, if you keep early weeds out and follow a proper water and feeding regiment, then your grass can work to prevent weeds by blocking sunlight from reaching the seeds.
For rogue weeds that sprout up in the summer use a post-emergent spray to target them. These products are designed to only target broadleaf weeds and do not harm your grass.
Follow A Mowing Schedule
Following a regular lawn mowing schedule will not only help keep your grass thick and healthy, but it also reduces the chances of pests like fleas, ticks, and rodents from making a home in your yard.
You may have to mow a lot in the spring with all the rain but come summer, things usually dry up and showers are few and far between. It doesn’t take many hot and dry days for your grass to start showing signs of drought stress. That’s why we recommend raising your lawn mower blades in the summer to 3-5 inches. Keeping your grass a little longer helps it retain more water and helps slow evaporation by keeping the soil shaded. If you have the time to maintain a regular mowing schedule then consider hiring a professional lawn mowing service.
Watering your lawn in the summer is extremely important to the health and wellbeing of your turf. Be sure to only water your lawn in the morning because cool temperatures prevent fast evaporation. This will give your plants plenty of time to drink enough water and dry out before night. Wet soil overnight can cause fungus or mold to grow.
Soak The Soil
The key to proper irrigation is to remember to water longer and less frequently. When you water, make sure you water long enough so the soil gets thoroughly soaked. This promotes deep root growth which makes your grass more tolerant of drought conditions. To check if the soil is sufficiently soaked, push a screwdriver into the ground. If it’s hard to do then the ground isn’t soaked enough. If it’s really hard to push through, then your soil may be compacted. In this case, it’s time to aerate your yard.
Don’t overwater your grass. Most grasses only need water every three to seven days to stay healthy. Too much water can lead to shallow root systems and diseases.
Need help with your summer lawn care? Call the professionals at Quality Cut Lawn Service.
Whether you need mulching, fall leaf removal, lawn fertilization, or just help mowing the grass, the pros at Quality Cut Lawn Service are dedicated to boosting your curb appeal and making your summer lawn maintenance a lot easier.
Give us a call at 302-420-7597 or leave us a message on our site.