The summer heat can wreak havoc on your lawn. The sun beats down on it, people stroll across it, water is scarce and weeds are trying to take over. It’s a rough time, but you can take some easy steps to help your lawn deal with stress.
Avoid Walking on the Grass
When you walk on a lawn that is well-watered, the grass springs back with each step. However, on a dry lawn, the grass tends to stay beaten down and can become damaged. On the occasions that the soil is wet, heavy traffic across your lawn can lead to compaction of the soil, which keeps air from getting to the grass roots.
Keep Mower Blades Sharp and Cut High
Dull mower blades shred grass rather than cutting it evenly, so moisture is lost more frequently. These shredded tips turn brown and make your lawn look dull. Most grass types should be mown high, so set your blade at some of the higher settings available on your mower during summer heat. The higher the grass, the deeper the roots and more likely that your grass will reach the moisture deep in the soil.
Water in the Morning
The best times to water your lawn is between 6 am and 10 am. Less will be lost to evaporation and the lawn has time to dry before nightfall. Watering in the afternoon wastes water to evaporation and watering at night invites mosquitos and disease. Half an inch twice a week or an inch a week should keep your lawn healthy and refreshed.
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