10 Summer Lawn Care TipsMay 9, 2018
Mississippi summers are brutally hot. If you’re not prepared, the heat and humidity can tax your lawn past its limits. There’s plenty of bad advice out there about how to help your grass beat the heat, but I’m here to set the record straight about caring for your grass during the summer.
1. The Right Cut
When you first start mowing in the early summer, cut your grass short. As summer progresses, gradually raise your cutting height. Mowing this way will cause your grass to develop deeper roots, which will keep it from drying out as the days get longer and hotter.
2. Mow for Growth
Once summer is in full swing, mow once per week, removing a third of the leaf blade (at most) with each cutting. You can allow up to 10 days between cuttings, but that’s pushing it, and your grass won’t be as thick because of it. Most importantly, keep your schedule—mowing erratically will put more stress on your grass.
3. Water Wisely
Water your grass only two or three times a week or as needed(never daily), and do so in the early morning. Watering your grass at night invites a fungus outbreak into your lawn. Grass roots only grow as deep as they need to in order to reach water—watering too much can lead to an underdeveloped root system that won’t hold up as summer goes on.
4. Mulch to Mulch
Mulching your grass clippings strengthens your lawn’s thatch layer and returns nutrients to the soil. In fact, as much as 25 percent of your lawn’s nutritional needs can be met by grass clippings.
5. Fertilize in Moderation
Fertilizer needs are similar to water needs: your lawn needs the correct amount at the correct time. Front-loading your fertilizer efforts confuses your grass, which will affect its growth, color, and thickness.
6. Don’t be Shady
Limb up your trees to lessen shade and allow more nutrients to reach your grass. Remember, your grass competes with nearby trees for water and nutrients.
7. Change it Up
Mow in a different direction every time you cut your grass. If you follow the same path each time you mow, your mower will eventually leave ruts in your lawn.
8. Don’t Park on it
Parking your car on your lawn or driving across it compacts the soil. Compacted soil chokes your lawn’s roots and leads to drainage problems, which leads to winter kill issues and other challenges.
9. Stay Sharp
Sharpen your mower blade two or three times each season. A dull mower blade leads to ragged, torn grass blades that are more vulnerable to diseases and browning.
10. Get a Pro
It takes a professional to look at the big picture and formulate a strategy that will maximize your lawn’s potential through the summer and winter months. Lawn & Pest Solutions technicians know each yard is unique and will work with you to give your grass exactly what it needs.