With summer already upon us, homeowners across the country must now face the problem of maintaining a healthy lawn during the hottest and driest part of the year. Here are four tips to help you keep your grass happy and healthy this summer.
1. Water deeply and infrequently.
During the dry summer months, grass struggles to stay moisturized and develop long, healthy roots. If you lightly water your grass at frequent intervals, the grass will only be able to develop shallow roots, which results in added stress during periods of drought. Instead, water your grass more deeply at less frequent intervals. This encourages grass to grow deep roots, which better protect it from dry spells.
2. Keep your grass long.
As discussed in the last point, you want your grass to grow long and healthy roots during the hot summer months. By mowing high and keeping your grass long, you increase its ability to grow long roots and thrive during periods of drought. Bonus: You don’t have to cut it as often!
3. Fertilize, fertilize, fertilize.
All too often, homeowners will fertilize their lawns and wait many months before repeating the process. Fertilizers typically nurture lawn growth for eight weeks at most, which means that you should fertilize your lawn every two months at least. Well-fertilized lawns grow in thick, which has a cooling effect on the soil and prevents weeds from taking over.
4. Consider reseeding.
Because many older lawns aren’t equipped to handle the summer heat, reseeding might be the best option. Although the reseeding process does require a fair bit of time, effort, and money, it can have a tremendous effect on your outdoor space. Furthermore, a properly seeded lawn can last for many years as long as you take good care of it.