End of Summer Lawn and Tree Care Tips
As lawn care professionals that create and maintain beautiful, lush lawns, we wanted to give some tips on how to help your lawn and trees beat the summer heat and prepare it for cooler months. Here are some of our best tips from the lawn and tree care professionals themselves.
Keeping your lawn green and healthy all year long can seem impossible. Here are some pro tips from our lawn care experts on how to make that dream become a reality.
Mow Your Grass on a Higher Setting
During the summer months, the height of your lawnmower 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.
Sharpen Your Lawnmower 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 the grass to fray, and frayed grass is much more likely to brown.
When You Mow Your Lawn 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.
Mulch Your 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.
Deep Watering Your Lawn is Important
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.
Know When to Water Your Lawn
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.
Insect and Disease Control is Important
Hot summers can leave lawns susceptible to insect infestations and disease. Bugs like fire ants, fleas, chinch bugs, and mosquitoes thrive in hot weather. 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.
Aerate Your Lawn
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.
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Water Trees Slowly
Sunny days make watering your trees a little tricky. If it's too hot, water can evaporate before it reaches the thirsty roots. Ensure your trees get the moisture they need by watering them slowly--and the roots will soak it up. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so water for a shorter period on a daily basis.
Spread Mulch Evenly
Mulching is an important part of maintaining the health of your trees. In addition to reducing weeds, mulching improves the soil structure and provides nutrients. It also helps retain moisture and reduces surface evaporation. The ideal depth is 2-inches to 4-inches. But don't spread mulch up against the trunk, or the moisture will build up and rot the tree.
Fertilize Your Trees and Shrubs
Healthy trees resist insect damage and diseases. Fertilizer can give trees the macronutrients they need to thrive, such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and sulfur. Because it can be difficult to determine the right fertilizer ratio, we recommend contacting the professionals here at Custom Turf to help!
Prune Your Trees Regularly
Summer weather in Pittsburgh is unpredictable. It's not uncommon for late afternoons to bring heavy winds and rain. If the branches of your trees are weak, it won't take much wind for them to blow off. Lightning strikes can also be a problem. Protect your trees by removing dead branches and thinning out top branches on a regular basis. Then, brace or cable weaker branches to keep them safe from storms.
Need Some Help from the Lawn Care Professionals?
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!