Lawn & Garden

Summer Lawn Care Tips

Mark Cullen

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We regularly talk about the importance of Spring and Fall lawn care, but that doesn’t mean that you can ignore lawn care in the summer. Summer’s heat can be hard on your grass, but with these tips your lawn has a great shot at remaining lush and in the event of a summer drought in your area, these tips will help it bounce back come late August when evening temperatures are cooler and morning dew is heavy.

WaterWisely_600x75It’s best to water early in the morning so that your grass is well hydrated for the heat of the day. Watering during the daytime is not efficient and will results in moisture loss through evaporation.

It’s best to water infrequently and deeply. You don’t need to water your lawn every day. Instead, it’s best to water once a week deeply. Make sure that you are watering 1” deep in order to provide lots of moisture to the root structure

Will you let your lawn go dormant? During long period of drought you will need to decide if you are going to allow your lawn to go dormant [most Canadians do]. As long as the drought isn’t prolonged your lawn will return to its regular green state once the cooler weather arrives.

CuttingLawn_600x75Let clippings lie. Don’t bag your grass during the summer season. Instead practice grass-cycling which means that you will leave the grass clippings on your lawn. This allows the nutrients to return to the soil and helps your lawn retain moisture.  A mulching mower is a bonus as it returns the nitrogen-rich goodness in grass blades back to the root zone of the grass plants.

Keep your Lawn Long. It may be tempting to cut your grass short so that you don’t have to cut it as often, but this means that the sun beats more harshly on the roots and dries them out. Raising the cutting height on your lawn mower to be 6 to 8 cm. or 2.5-3” helps reduce water loss to shade the roots.

Sharpen mower blades. When you’re cutting the lawn make sure that you are getting a clean cut. Dull mower blades will result in the grass being torn as opposed to cut which can harm your lawn.

ControllingDamage_600x75Get off the grass. Driving or parking on your lawn is not good for it at any point but in the summer as your grass is drier it can cause extra damage. Even too much foot traffic on the grass can cause damage. Consider installing stepping stones  in high-traffic areas to minimize damage on what may be a dormant brittle lawn.

Pick up litter. Summer is a great time to get the kids outside to play but make sure not to leave stuff laying around. Items such as toys, water games and lawn chairs that are left on your lawn result in a damaged lawn, not to mention a serious obstacle while mowing.

The good news is that these tips don’t take a lot of work on your part which means that you can spend the summer season the way you really want to – relaxing on the patio and taking in the warm weather.

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