How to Reduce Stress on Your Lawn in the Hot Summer Heat

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The start of summer means a lot more than just backyard barbecues and pool parties. It also means a lot of added stress on your lawn. From scorching heat, to disease and pest infestations, to high foot traffic, your lawn needs a lot of extra TLC to get through the warm months. Check out the tips below for ways to reduce the stress on your lawn in the hot summer heat!

Tip #1: Be a wise water-er

Even though watering your lawn seems like a simple task, the summer weather complicates things drastically. It’s not enough to just provide water for your lawn -- you have to do it correctly. When watering your lawn, you should water early in the day to give your grass time to get water to the roots before the sun evaporates the moisture away. Lawns need about one inch of water per week and even more in the summertime. Here are some general watering tips:

  • Avoid watering from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. -- this is the warmest part of the day.
  • Instead, water in the early morning from 5:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
  • Do not water in the evening or night, as it creates perfect conditions for disease activity, such as brown patch.
  • Built in lawn sprinklers are the best for watering your grass.
  • Water twice a week maximum.
  • Water your lawn consistently: not watering at all is actually better than watering on and off inconsistently, or watering at the wrong times.

Tip #2: Mow higher

Although it is more convenient to mow close to the ground, in the summertime, give your lawn a break and raise the height of your mower’s blades. Mowing higher (3.5 - 4 inches for cool season grasses) allows your grass to be more drought resistant. Here are general tips for mowing in the summer:

  • Raise your mowing height because it provides more insulation from summer heat and reduces water loss.
  • Keep your lawn mower blades sharp to protect your lawn from diseases.
  • Use your grass clippings to return nutrients to your lawn!

Tip #3: Learn to love mulch

Mulch is your friend in the summertime! First and foremost, you may be asking: what exactly is mulch? It refers to the grass clippings from your mowed lawn. This involves returning lawn clippings back into your lawn, which releases nutrients back into the soil. Other than providing coverage for roots and helping to keep weeds from spreading, mulch provides a degree of moisture control, keeping water levels steady. This will help your grass stay happy and healthy as it gets through the summertime.

Tip #4: Minimize the traffic

It might be hard to stay off your grass in the beautiful summer weather, but your lawn will thank you for a bit of a break from the high volumes of traffic that summer brings. Consider adding stepping stones to areas of your yard that you cross often, and use the shaded areas of your grass for the majority of your activities. You can still enjoy your grass this summer, just keep in mind the level of traffic to minimize the stress on your lawn!

Tip #5: Consider Hiring a Professional

The truth of the matter is, even with all of these tips, your lawn may still experience a lot of stress this summer due to heat, low moisture, pest influx, and steady traffic. Keeping a healthy lawn all summer long requires time, expertise, and experience that you might not have while you are enjoying your summer. If you need help caring for your lawn throughout the warm months, let Tailor Made Lawns help. We offer lawn care services that include fertilization, weed control, fungicides, lime treatments, and much more.

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