Summer is right around the corner — and that means hot weather, long days outside and of course, lush green grass! Following are a few tips to make sure that your lawn is in tip-top shape so it can endure the heat that’s soon to come.
Start now: Ideally, you should start preparing your lawn for summer as soon as possible. The earlier you start your preparations, the better off your lawn is going to be. If you wait too long to prepare your yard, you may very likely end up with dead grass because it cannot withstand the high temperatures.
Grass Height: One way to make sure your lawn looks its best in the summer is to increase the height of its grass. If you allow your lawn to be 25-50% higher during the warmer summer months, the roots of the grass will dig deeper into the ground.
In addition, this extra height on the grass blades provides a shade for the soil, which works to promote the overall healthiness of your lawn. With this in mind, make sure that when you are mowing the lawn, you never remove more than one third of the total blades of grass. This may mean that you need to mow more often than your normally would.
Watering: One of the key ways to make sure that your lawn stays lush and green is to keep it thoroughly watered. If you have the benefit of being able to water the lawn at any time, then you should water it when the sun is down. To be specific, the prime times for watering are in the morning hours and after sunset because these are the coolest times of the day, which in turn helps the roots absorb as much water as possible, deep into the soil.
If you don’t have the benefit of being able to water at your own volition, then make sure you at least try to take advantage of these time slots. If you know you can only water one day per week, then try to examine your lawn the day before that. By doing this, you will be able to identify problem areas on your lawn that may need a little bit of extra watering. Needless to say, be sure to prioritize these areas during your watering periods.
If you do not notice any problem areas, prioritize your watering by making sure the most-viewed areas of your lawn get the most water. If your lawn is very large and manually placing your sprinkler sounds like an incredibly daunting task, consider installing a sprinkler system in your yard. You can install the system yourself or hire a professional to help with the job. Either way, while it may cost you a bit more money to install a sprinkler system, it will save you a good amount of time in the long run.
Aeration: At the end of the summer, you should prepare your lawn for the cooler weather. One task that is often overlooked in this regard is aerating your lawn. Aeration seems relatively simple, but it is important to make sure that nutrients and water can absorb deeply into the roots of the lawn. You can choose to aerate your lawn on your own using an aeration machine, or hire a professional to do the job for you.
If you choose to tackle the job yourself, you can rent either a manual or power machine to do the job. If your lawn is relatively large, a power machine may be the way to go to help cut down on time. This is the best time to aerate your lawn, so do not skip out on this very important step.
Fix Problems: If, at the end of summer, you find some bald spots in the yard, then you’re in luck because this is the best time to treat and fix them. One way to do this is to purchase an all-in-one lawn repair mixture, which typically includes a fertilizer and grass seed. Spreading this mixture on your lawn will help new grass grow so your lawn will look brand new by next spring.
Written by Mike West, owner of WestCo Grounds Maintenance. WestCo provides the best solutions to lawn care Jefferson City MO has to offer. They also specialize in irrigation and lawn sprinkler service.