How to Reduce Lawn Stress in the Summer
Make Life Easier for Your Lawn
You think you have stress? What about your lawn? The sun beats down on it, it gets saturated with rain ,then no rain, Fungus problems,insect problems and dog damage. But even after that we want our lawns to look great right??
Stress Factors for Your Lawn
Heat, dry weather, and foot traffic are major stresses for most types of grass. Others include weeds and bugs, but they can become worse when your lawn is already suffering.
Keep Your Mower Blade Sharp and High
Dull mower blades shred grass, so they lose more moisture than they would with a clean cut. Also, the shredded tips turn brown, making the lawn look dull and make the lawn more valnerable to disease.. Most grass types prefer to be mowed high, so set your blade at one of the highest settings on your mower. Taller grass grows deeper roots, and deeper roots can reach moisture.
When Your Lawn Is Stressed Out, Hold Off on Feeding?
As your home town lawn lare company, we can quickly adjust and adapt our lawn care program to the changing weather conditions. During the summer stressed-out lawns aren't growing as much so feeding them fertilizers with high fast release nitrogen won't help much. We use slower and lower nitrogen levels, rich in organic matter and potassium to promote root development and regulate growth.
If You Water, Do It in the Morning
Mornings, between 6AM and 10AM, is the most efficient time to water your lawn. Less is lost to evaporation and your lawn has time to dry off before nightfall. Watering in the afternoon is throwing water away to evaporation. Watering at night invites disease. Every lawn reacts differently so try watering every 2-3 days for about 30min depending on how efficient your sprinklers are, longer watering cycles and watering less often will allow the lawn to dry out between waterings and encourage deep root growth preparing your lawn for the heat of the summer.
If you cant water let the yard go dormant, you may lose some turf denisty but its less stressful than random hit and miss watering.
Overseed in the Fall
Aeration and overseeding in the fall will help replace any grass you may have lost and maintain a thick healthy lawn.
Top dressing with compost???
That right , after Aeration and seeding we strongly reccomend Top dressing with compost, this process creates a seed bed throughout your entire lawn, not just the aeration holes increasing the success of seed germination while adding much needed rich organic matter to your soil profile.
As always feel free to contact your local turf professionals at Lawn Wranglers with any questions you may have. 618-236-8900