How to Care For Your Lawn During Summer
A lawn during a hot season is often dry and brown. However, it does not mean it is unhealthy, dead, or cannot be rebound. Some people also choose to allow their plants to get browned up and let them turn back to green during cooler seasons.
Whether you want to undergo preventive measures or choose to ride with the natural phenomenon, you may still use this guide to know how to keep your plants healthy.
In the United States, most lawns are covered with cool-weather grass such as perennial rye, fescue, and Kentucky bluegrass. They grow greener at sixty to seventy-five degrees Fahrenheit or sixteen to twenty-four degrees Celsius. When the warmer July days arrive, these cool-weather grasses naturally become dormant.
This means that the lawn will turn brown, which is natural, but it can be less wanted and less desirable for those homeowners who are aiming to maintain an attractive lawn throughout summer. So, if you are one of these homeowners, you have 2 choices: let your lawn turn brown (it will turn green again anyway) or keep the green going.
Hot Days Lawn Care Guide
Caring for your lawn during the warmest season is different but not any harder than in cooler weather. Nevertheless, it is essential to treat plants more gently and monitor them more closely in order to avoid overdoing things.
- Cut long – If you ever cut your grass on the warmer days of the year, just keep them long. The rule is to not trim more than 1/3 of the height of your grass. If you keep them long, you’re allowing stronger roots to develop underneath. This means that your grass will have increased tolerance to drought, stress, and heat.
- Sharpen your mower blades – If your mower blades are still dull, they will only stress out your grass by causing more damage than grooming. Making your blades sharp will allow the grass to heal quickly and healthily from their cut.
- Water infrequently but deeply – During warm summer days, watering your lawn infrequently but deeply is recommended so that you wouldn’t either overwhelm or deprive your grass of water. Overwatering your grass will not do the job. It would be better to let the soil dry up a little bit before you water again.