Keeping the grass on your front lawn green and healthy all year round take some doing; even more when the hot summer months roll in. Remember to do the following summer lawn care tips to keep the grass vibrant despite the scorching heat.
1. Don’t cut too much grass.
Cutting the grass is always part of any good lawn care regimen. But overdoing it can cause serious developmental problems in the roots, leaving them weak and short, and unable to properly absorb moisture from the ground.
2. Water just enough to sustain growth.
Another part of responsible lawn care is proper watering. Over-watering, even in the midst of a hot summer day, can do the grass more harm than good. One inch of water each week should be more than enough to keep the grass on your lawn looking healthy and green.
Be sure to allow enough time for the grass to dry before evaporation sets in. The best time to do your watering is between the hours of 6am and 10am.
3. Set aside your trowel and fertilizers.
You might think that grass needs to be fertilized in summer to keep it healthy, but that just isn’t the case. The extreme heat can actually force grass to use up more energy than it can naturally produce, and fertilizers do nothing to help.
Wait until spring or fall to cultivate the soil. Grass needs time to recover from the damage inflicted by the unforgiving summer sun.
4. Remember to sharpen your lawnmower blades.
Dull blades simply tear through and destroy plant tissue, making recovery a near-impossibility. On the other hand, sharp lawnmower blades leave cleaner cuts that heal well and in a shorter span of time.
5. Keep your feet (or tires) on the ground and not on the grass.
Avoid walking or driving over the grass on your lawn. It’s already taking a beating from the summer sun and it can’t take the constant foot or tire traffic. Walk on the designated foot paths to maintain your lawn’s aesthetics.
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