Summertime means 100-degree weather, running around in the back yard, fun in the sun, and cool dips in the pool. Lawn care in the summer is a little different from any of the other seasons. The scorching heat from the sun can damage your lawn and bring those summer time pests. There are many precautions you can take to prevent the sun from terrorizing your lawn.
One of the most important things to remember is to cut your grass at a longer length. Everyone wants to have one of those lawns with the super fine blades of grass that looks like a putting green, but short blades does not equal healthy grass. Cutting your grass at a longer length will shield the soil underneath to keep it from drying out too quickly, and helps your grass develop deeper roots and strangle out the weeds.
Another important thing to keep in mind is the proper watering of your lawn. Many experts say to water your lawn once a week and in the morning sometime between 6am and 10am. Watering your lawn in the night will welcome pests into your lawn and if you water in the day time, the water will evaporate too quickly and you will just be wasting water. We do not want the water to evaporate too quickly, because we want the water to reach deep down into the lowest roots of your grass. If the water is evaporating at a swift rate like it does in the summer, your water will never reach down into the deepest roots.
Other tips to keep in mind while trying to maintain a healthy lawn include: never park on the grass. This can ruin the grass blades and create uneven bunches of soil. Try not to walk on the grass either, for this can cause the same problems. As you are cutting your grass, it is actually healthier to let the clippings lie in the lawn. Many lawnmowers have an option to spread the clippings as you are mowing, but if your mower does not have this option, you might want to look into spreading the clippings after cutting the lawn. This will take a bit more time, but it will ultimately strengthen your grass.