Maintaining A Lush Lawn In Warm Weather
It may be back-to-school time, but it’s also the season that boasts some of the hottest temps of the year! We’re seeing more sunshine, warmer temperatures, and opportunities to spend our free time outside! Because summer can bring extreme heat, it’s also a crucial time for lawn care.
It’s important to stick to a schedule and water your lawn consistently during the warm, dry summer months. Aim to water early in the morning, between 6 and 10 a.m. This will ensure that the water is soaked up by deep roots and doesn’t evaporate in the sun!
If you can’t tell if your lawn needs a drink, you can check by walking across your grass. If your footprints don’t disappear, that means the blades lack enough moisture to bounce back into place, and it’s time to water! Keep an eye on the weather, too. If rain is in the forecast, it’s okay to skip your watering routine for that day.
Let it grow! Aim for a height of 3 inches or taller. Since longer grass blades help your grass develop deeper root systems, you lawn will be healthier and require less water than a more closely cropped yard, since the soil will be shaded. It’s also good practice to make sure your mower blades are sharp so you don’t tear the grass, instead giving it a clean cut.
With all of this in mind, you can also count on Wellman’s to take care of it all – we’ll stop by and provide a free estimate!
Each summer, we see a lot of foot traffic through our yards, sometimes resulting in dead or damaged patches of grass. If this happens to you, consider aerating that area in the fall and spring. When you aerate your lawn, a piece of equipment pokes thousands of finger-sized holes into your lawn, removing small plugs of soil in the process. Heavy traffic can mean compacted soil and damaged plants, but aerating helps allow air and water to reach the roots. If you want to keep your lawn looking lush throughout the summer, it’s important to take care of it even outside of the typical growing season.
You may also consider using a landscape alternative in those high-traffic areas, like rock around a frequently used swing set. Our team can install a variety of mulch or rock landscaping, from small stones to large ornamental rocks.
If any of this maintenance sounds overwhelming, give us a call today. Our team will provide a lawn care plan and free estimate based on your needs!