Summer Lawn Care Tips
Mowing height adjustment is probably the most important practice
to prepare lawns for hot weather. Mow at heights around three inches
or slightly higher. If in doubt, set the mower as high as it will
go. Lawns maintained at higher heights usually develop deeper roots
and dry out slower than closely mowed turf. Lawn growth will slow
as the weather gets drier and hotter.
Questions also arise concerning lawn watering practices for the
summer. Most lawns in our area consist of cool-season lawn grasses
such as Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, and fine fescue.
These grasses naturally slow down and may go dormant in the heat
of summer. Decide to water lawns all summer as needed to keep them
green or let lawns go dormant. Do not allow lawns to turn brown
and then water them back to a green condition, as this depletes
energy reserves and stresses the plant.
Water lawns deeply and infrequently, applying about 1 to 1-1/2
inches per application, depending on site variables. Water early
in the day if at all possible.
Water should soak down into the soil. If allowed to go dormant,
lawns only need about 1/4 to 1/2 inch of water every 2 to 3 weeks
to keep root and crown tissue alive. Once more favorable cooler
and drier weather returns, the lawn should break dormancy and green-up
It's best to hold off until later in the season for most other
lawn care practices, including fertilizing, seeding, thatch control,
and applying weed killers. The period from late August through early
September is ideal for many of these practices. For now, help your
lawn by proper mowing, watering, and keeping foot and vehicle traffic
off the grass as much as possible during the heat of the summer
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