We're smack-dab in the middle of summer, and if you’re anything like us, your lawn has been through a lot. From boisterous backyard barbecues and playful pets to sweltering heat and incessant mowing, it's safe to say your yard's taken a bit of a beating. So, let's shake things up and give your grass that mid-season makeover it deserves. Let’s dive into our summer lawn care tips & maintenance checklist.
As summer reaches its peak, it's the perfect time to give your yard some well-deserved TLC. There's plenty you can do to ensure your lawn doesn't just survive but absolutely flourishes in the sun-soaked days ahead.
Follow Proper Mowing Practices
While it’s not the only thing to focus on, let's talk about mowing your lawn. Trimming your grass too short can lead to bald patches, particularly when the mercury is rising. Aim for a taller cut—it takes the edge off the stress for your lawn. The taller blades of grass also double up as a protective umbrella for your soil, shielding it from moisture loss during those hot, dry spells.
Keep Mower Blades Sharp
While we're on the topic of mowing, make sure the blades on your mower are sharp. Dull blades can tear up the grass, causing more harm than good. Let's make sure those blades are nice and sharp for a clean cut. There’s a surprising amount of detail involved in mowing properly, be sure to read up on our mowing tips to get your lawn looking lush.
Fix Lawn Bare Spots with Grass Seed
Notice any bare spots in your lawn? Those needy areas could do with a sprinkle of love—and by love, we mean grass seed. Rake the seed into the soil surface gently and keep it moist till you see the first signs of germination.
Spot Treat Your Yard for Weed Control
Got weeds? Target them with a spot treatment for weed control. Be careful not to use a product designed for the entire lawn or something packed with fertilizer—it could ruin your green paradise. Depending on your local climate, there are a lot of different weeds that may start to accumulate, and it’s best to apply treatments when weeds are actively growing.
Water Your Lawn Weekly
If your cool-season grasses are looking a tad brown, don't stress! They're just taking a little summer siesta to survive the heat, as they go dormant in the summer months to avoid the hottest parts of the year. They'll bounce back after a good downpour.
If your lawn looks parched, start a weekly watering routine. Just a quarter-inch of water can work wonders in helping the roots withstand the season. If you’d like to learn more about when and how to best water your lawn, take a look at our tips for watering your lawn.
Put Lawn Pests to Rest
Still finding your lawn a bit lackluster? If you need help identifying or treating lawn issues, contact the lawn gurus at NaturaLawn of America. We have the insights you need to keep your lawn lush all summer looking. Give us a call at 800-989-5444.
Frequently Asked Questions
I have bare spots on my lawn. What is the best way to fix them?
The best way to fix bare spots on your lawn is by seeding them. You'll need to sprinkle grass seed over these areas and gently rake it into the soil. It's important to keep the seeded areas moist until the new grass starts to germinate and grow. Over time, these spots should fill in and become just as lush as the rest of your lawn.
How often should I water my lawn in the summer?
During the summer, it's generally a good idea to water your lawn once a week. About a quarter-inch of water should suffice, but the amount can depend on your local weather conditions and the type of grass you have. The goal is to keep your lawn hydrated enough to withstand the summer heat without overwatering.
My lawn is turning brown, should I be worried?
If you have cool-season grasses and they're turning brown in the summer, it's typically not a cause for alarm. These grasses naturally go dormant during the hotter months to survive the heat. They should green up again after a good rain or when the temperatures start to cool down. If the browning persists or worsens, it could be a sign of another issue, such as a disease or pest problem.
What can I do about bugs or pests that are affecting my lawn?
If you're dealing with bugs or pests, one option is to use specific pest control services. For example, NaturaLawn of America offers several lawn care maintenance services, including grub control, flea and tick control, and perimeter pest control services. It's important to correctly identify the pest before deciding on a treatment approach. If you're unsure, professional help is advised.
What services does NaturaLawn of America provide for pest control?
NaturaLawn of America provides a range of pest control services tailored to maintaining the health of your lawn. These include grub control, which targets beetle larvae that can cause significant damage to your yard. Other services include flea and tick control and perimeter pest control services that protect your lawn from various pests. Each of these services is designed to minimize damage to your lawn while effectively dealing with the pest problem.