Summer Lawn Care: Water in the Morning
Because evaporation is a problem for lawns during hot weather, water the grass in the early morning well before the heat of the day. Use enough water to saturate the soil to about one inch deep. The best schedule for encouraging strong roots is to water your lawn generously 2-3 times per week.
Allow the Lawn to Grow in Summer
When it’s hot outside, short grass struggles to remain healthy and green. Your lawn needs taller blades to provide shade for the soil and to slow the evaporation of moisture. When mowing, use a sharp blade and don’t remove more than ⅓ of the length of the grass. This means you will need to mow more frequently, but your lawn will stay healthier throughout summer.
Keep Mower Blades Sharp
Lawnmower maintenance is an important part of caring for your grass. Dull blades tear and rip at your lawn, causing the grass to brown, weaken, and lose moisture. Sharp blades cut cleanly and reduce the time that it takes for the grass to heal. Service the mower at the beginning of the season or take it to a professional for a tune-up.
Applying Fertilizer for Summer Lawn Care
Fertilizer provides essential nutrients for your lawn to stay healthy and fight disease. The type of fertilizer you use will depend on your grass, the time of year, and the climate. Fertilizer should be used during the season when the grass is already growing well. Read and follow the directions on any lawn chemicals for the best results.