8 End of Summer Lawn Care Tips
We’re having a hot summer here in Western Pennsylvania. As we drive from customer to customer, we see many lawns that are wilting away because they aren’t being cared for. As professionals that create and maintain beautiful, lush lawns, we wanted to give some tips on how to help your lawn beat the summer heat and prepare it for cooler months!
1. MOW HIGH
During the summer months the height of your lawn mower blade should be about three to four inches. Taller grass will lead to deeper roots, prevent weeds from growing, and help your lawn live through a drought.
2. SHARPEN YOUR BLADES
Every year you should check to make sure your mower’s blade is sharp, but this is particularly important when it’s hot out. A dull blade can cause grass to fray, and frayed grass is much more likely to brown.
3. TIMING MATTERS
Try to mow your lawn in the morning or at dusk, and cut your grass less often during the summer than you would during spring and autumn. The hot sun will damage freshly cut grass.
Don’t bag your clippings - let the grass clippings settle into the lawn. Mulched grass will help trap moisture near the soil, keeping your grass hydrated for a longer period.
5. DEEP WATERING
Most grass needs about an inch of water a week in order to remain healthy. We recommend giving your lawn that inch of water in one gulp rather than sporadically because deep watering helps the roots grow deeper into the soil.
6. KNOW WHEN TO WATER
It’s best to water in the morning. If you water in the middle of the day a lot of the water will evaporate, and watering at night may lead to water sitting on the surface.
7. INSECTS AND DISEASE
Hot summers can leave lawns susceptible to insect infestations and disease. Bugs like fire ants, fleas, chinch bugs, and mosquitoes thrive in hot weather, and that’s why they’re out in full force right now! Some of these insects won’t just ruin your family’s time outside, they’ll ruin your lawn as well. If this happens to you, learn more about our insect and disease control treatments & get protected today!
The summer sun makes the soil of your yard compact, making it hard for water, air, nutrients, and fertilizer to get to the roots of your grass. Aeration will loosen up your soil, making it so your roots have access to what it needs to thrive.
Need Some Help?
Lawn care is incredibly important, but it’s also incredibly time consuming. At no time is this more obvious than during a hot summer! If you notice your lawn starting to wilt, or see mosquitoes starting to take over your property, give us a call and we’d be glad to help. Here at Custom Turf, we know how important your lawn is to you, and we hope these end of summer lawn care tips help your yard thrive!