While most of us are more than happy to bask in the benefits of summer weather, it would be fair to say that our lawn isn’t. This is the period of the year where things can go wrong and that green, pristine lawn is looking anything but the state it was in prior to the summer months.
Unfortunately, the likes of dollar spot and other conditions impacted by dry conditions are all-too common during summer. This is the reason we have penned today’s blog post and if you are serious about keeping your lawn as green as can be, let’s take a look at some of the best tips you can implement.
Alter your mowing height accordingly
One of the biggest mistakes that people make during the summer is working on a one-fits-all approach for their lawn. In other words, they don’t adapt based on the increase in temperature.
When it comes to the height of your grass, this can be particularly dangerous. Sure, when it’s winter, you can look to cut as much as you want. When summer arrives, these rules go out of the window.
Instead, you should be looking to leave your glass a little longer. This will allow the soil to be shaded more, meaning that water is less likely to evaporate. The upshot of this is that your roots will become deeper and ultimately, all of the perils of summer lawns tend to disappear.
In terms of the exact mowing height you should be looking to achieve, this will be based on the type of grass that your garden has.
Make sure you water sufficiently
This next point will not come as a surprise in the slightest. In short, as the natural conditions are starving your lawn of water, you need to act accordingly. This means that you need to take matters into your own hands and ensure that your lawn is watered deeply.
It’s worth pointing out that you don’t need to do this every day. Instead, the general advice is water “deep but infrequently”.
Beware of pets
Something else that can get a whole lot worse in summer months is pet urine. Sure, this is a problem at the best of times, but at other times of the year you at least have the natural rain to wash it away. Without this, it can cause dead spots in the lawn.
As such, you should be looking to train your dog to go elsewhere, or at least make sure that you flush the affected area with water as soon as the deed is done. This will dilute the urine, and ensure it’s not quite as damaging for the soil.
Again, the type of grass that your lawn has is going to dictate exactly how you fertilize it.
The general rule is that for warm-season grasses, you need to fertilize during the summer months as they are in desperate need of nutrients. In the case of cool-season grasses, this is something that should wait until Autumn or Spring.