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Summer Lawn
Survival Tips

We are in that part of the season where following proper cultural practices can mean the difference between a lush, green healthy lawn, and a brown, dusty stressed out lawn. Here are some tips to help your lawn survive the long, hot, dry days of summer.


Lawn care maintenance tips to help your lawn look its best.

watering - courtesy Focal Point Communications

Keeping your lawn thick, green and healthy means doing several things right.  One of the most important is making sure there's enough moisture to maintain growth. 

Nature's rainfall schedule is not dependable. Some additional watering is almost always necessary, at least during the hotter and drier parts of the year, to avoid water stress. 

Lawns turn brown, thin out, and run into more disease and insect problems when under water stress. A thin, water-stressed lawn also creates room for weeds to invade. So whether you use underground or portable sprinklers, there are a few basic guidelines to follow to avoid these problems and maintain good lawn health.
                                                                             
TIMING MAKES A DIFFERENCE                                               
One basic rule is: water your lawn when the least amount will be lost. Avoid watering in the heat of the day to make sure your water goes down to the roots instead of going up as vapor.  Also avoid watering when windy conditions will affect even watering or cause you to water your neighbor's lawn instead of your own.

SOAK THOSE ROOTS!
When you water, saturate the soil to a depth of 6" to 8".  Frequent, shallow watering causes the grass to send roots to the surface for water, where they suffer more quickly during dry, hot spells.  Also be sure to put down extra water along curbs and pavement, because these areas heat up much more and dry out much faster.

mowing - courtesy Focal Point Communications

Proper mowing is critical for keeping your lawn healthy and looking good. There are three things you can do to keep your lawn "a cut above" the rest.

1. MOW HIGH ENOUGH
The basic rule is: the hotter the weather, the higher you should mow. Higher mowing promotes deeper roots, prevents water loss by shading the soil, and reduces weeds by preventing sunlight from warming weed seeds. Taller grass also cools the soil and reduces heat stress.

2. MOW OFTEN ENOUGH
Be sure that no more than one-third of the total grass blade is removed in any one mowing. Mowing too short removes too much of the green part of the plant, leaving stalky-looking crowns and stems. This gives the lawn a brown, scalped look and weakens the grass. Recovering from even a single "scalping" sets the lawn's growth back many weeks. 

3. KEEP MOWER BLADES SHARP
Dull blades can rip and shred the tips of your grass, turning them a bleached, tan color and leave the whole lawn looking brown. For best results, sharpen blades several times per year. If you have a large lawn, sharpen the blades once a month during the mowing season.

 

It's important to keep in mind that all browning in the lawn is not caused by heat or drought stress. Sometimes there may be other factors involved such as insects, fungus, damage from pool chemicals, or damage from some mechanical stress. If you see any unusual browning, or areas that appear to be dying on the lawn, please do not hesitate to call the office, We will diagnose the problem, and leave you a detailed note with our findings. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We're here to help!

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