Believe it or not, your lawn can go through some pretty stressful seasons. Summertime, while enjoyable for us humans, can be pretty harsh on your grass. Here are some easy steps to help your lawn cope with the stresses of summer heat.
Walking on your grass is a big no-no. When you walk on a well-watered lawn, the grass springs back. On a dry lawn, the grass stays beaten down and the grass itself may be damaged. Also, try to prevent heavy foot traffic after watering; this can lead to soil compaction which keeps air from getting to the grass roots.
It is important to keep mower blades sharp and high. Dull mower blades can shred grass so they lose more moisture and the shredded tips will turn brown and dull. Grass that is cut too short dries out faster and the roots won’t be as deep. The longer the grass, the more potential it has to grow deep roots. You can reduce the amount of strain on your grass if it is kept a little longer in the heat of summer.
After a nice clean cut your grass will need to be watered. The best time to water is between 6 and 10 a.m. You will lose less water to evaporation and the grass will have plenty of time to dry before nighttime. When you water your grass in the afternoon heat, you lose a large amount of moisture to evaporation. For best results, water a half-inch twice a week or an inch once a week in the morning.
If your lawn is especially prone to the heat stress, it may be a good idea to over-seed in the cooler months with a breed of grass that is heat and drought resistant.
No matter the time of year, you want your lawn to look good. Taking these few steps to reduce lawn stress can help your grass look better in even the most intense summer heat.