Summer Lawn Care

Summer lawn care is definitely different, depending on where you live. The summer heat can really take a toll on your grass – and it’s this time of year that can do a lot of damage.

For the Summer, your lawnmower deck has to be at the proper height for your grass. Otherwise, your grass could end up too short and not survive the heat. The reason that the heat is so hard on the lawn is that it evaporates the moisture and dries it out much faster than during the other seasons.

So when the grass is too short, it’s exposed to damage from both the sun’s rays and the heat. Lawn care in the South means watching the amount of water your lawn gets. With too much of it, your grass won’t do well – not enough water can kill the lawn.

You may have seen advice to water your lawn every day. You don’t need to do this. This can lead to overwatering. Instead, you only need to water your lawn about twice a week.

But how you water it is important. You need to divide the lawn up into areas and each area needs to be watered for about half an hour at the very minimum. Always make sure that you water your lawn in the morning versus in the evening.

When you water in the evening, it can cause the grass to hold onto more moisture than it needs. How you should mow the lawn depends on the type of grass that you have. Some types of grasses can handle shorter lengths better than other types of grass.

Zoysia grass is one that can handle a height of 2 inches or slightly less. But other grasses, such as St. Augustine, need to be allowed to grow over 2 inches. Northern areas that experience a dry spell during the summer months need to cut back on the mowing schedule.

If you normally mow once a week, only mow once every 10 days. The grass should be kept between 2 ½ to 3 inches in height. What this longer length does is give shade to your lawn’s foundation and roots, protecting it from the summer heat.

You’ll want to fertilize during the cooler summer months, so when the hottest days of summer are done, yet it’s still considered to be summer, that’s when you need to fertilize.

Mild temperature areas can produce greater looking lawns if they’re cared for properly. That’s because the grass in areas that don’t have higher swings between summer and winter tend to do better than in areas with extremely hot summers or places that have bitterly cold winters.

Summer lawn care for mild areas means you need to keep an eye on the root system. These areas tend to get a good bit of rainfall and the grass root system can be impacted by this.

More moisture means a shallower root system. This then leads to brown patches. But what happens when people see these brown patches, is they assume it’s caused by a lack of moisture.

So they water the lawn, which then compounds the problem. While brown patches can mean not enough moisture, it can also mean there’s too much, so you’ll have to check to make sure.