Are you ever stumped about how to keep your lawn green in the summer? While having a beautiful, dark green lawn that is picture-perfect and ready for summer activities is something we all want, it can be confusing how to actually make that happen.
Here are some key things to do to maintain your lawn’s health and keep your grass green all summer long:
1. Apply Fertilizer
Establishing the right soil foundation is one of the most important factors in keeping your lawn healthy, which in turn keeps the appearance looking great too. The right fertilizer will feed your lawn the nutrients it needs to promote strong roots for consistent growth and weed prevention.
The optimal time to apply fertilizer for summer greening is between late May and early June, never in temperatures higher than 85° and preferably to a dry lawn. Applying too much fertilizer when the air temperatures are too high can stress and burn your lawn, leaving it yellow and dull.
If you’re lucky enough to not have a weed problem or if temperatures are above 85ºF, opt for organic lawn fertilizer. Jonathan Green Organic Lawn Food won’t burn your lawn and gently feeds it during the hot, summer months.
However, if you are experiencing a weed problem, specifically broadleaf weeds, like dandelions, clover, or chickweed, Jonathan Green Weed & Feed Fertilizer is the answer for you. It strikes at the root of the problem by getting rid of weeds and feeding your lawn the nutrients it needs to prevent weeds from growing back easily. Remember, Weed & Feed must be spread on a wet lawn so the weed control sticks to the leaves of the weeds, thus ensuring that it works effectively. Apply at a time when no rain is forecast for two to three days, as you don’t want to wash the weed control off of the lawn.
2. Water Consistently
Watering your lawn is essential, but even more essential with the brutal heat that comes in the summer months. A combination of summer sun and an inconsistent water schedule can take a toll on your lawn’s appearance, leaving it dry, patchy, and full of brown spots.
To maintain a healthy, green lawn this summer, you should aim to increase your watering schedule to four times a week, about ½ inch of water per day. This provides your lawn with roughly one to two inches of water per week, which is the perfect amount for summer. You want just the right amount of water to encourage growth in times of heat and drought.
Watering at the right time of day is also vital, as watering late in the evenings can make your lawn susceptible to lawn fungus. The best times to water your lawn are in the morning (the earlier, the better) or early afternoon. You want your grass blades to dry in the heat of the day to ensure the sun is not magnified through the water droplets. Be wary of fungus developing overnight if the water hasn’t evaporated. The water should get absorbed into the grass before nightfall.
3. Adjust Mowing Height
Mowing your lawn regularly ensures consistent growth. For summer lawn care, you want to check on the height of your mower blades.
Before you fire up that mower to get the perfect stripes, make sure your mower height is set to about three inches and your blades are sharp. This is crucial to reduce plant stress, which can happen if your grass blades are cut too short. Longer grass promotes longer root systems, giving water easier access to permeate for needed hydration during hot, summer days.
Adjusting your mower height may seem like a minor change to your lawn care plan, but it makes a huge difference that will ultimately help your grass be able to endure times of drought.
4. Stop Insects In Their Tracks
Even with the best summer lawn care maintenance methods, pesky insects can still present a threat to your perfectly green lawn.
Grubs, for example, can slowly eat away at the roots of your grass, causing unsightly brown spots throughout. Chinch bugs are another insect to look out for, as they’re smaller and harder to spot, but can ultimately kill your grass and become a nightmare for your lawn.
By spreading a uniform amount of Jonathan Green Summer Survival Insect Control, preferably between May and August, you can give your lawn the best preventative against over 100 different types of insects.
These are just a few tips that will ensure you set your lawn up for success this summer.
Whether you’ve done all of your summer lawn care prep and already daydreaming of warmer days ahead or you haven’t quite started yet and you’re worried about running out of time, rest assured you’ll be more than prepared by remembering these four things: fertilize, water, adjust mowing height, and control insects. Your lawn’s lush and vibrant appearance is sure to make everyone green with envy.
What about you? Can your lawn handle the heat this summer? Sound off in the comments below with any tips that help your lawn during the hot, summer months!