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Posted by on May 29, 2018 in Guest Posts, Home & Garden | 0 comments

5 Quick Summer Lawn Care Tips

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The summer season is great for a lush lawn but it also means that there is a lot more work and upkeep in keeping your lawn looking nice all season long. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed with the amount of time it takes to keep your lawn looking in top condition. Consider these quick lawn care tips in order to maintain a beautiful lawn this summer:

1. Know How Low To Mow

Many grass professionals agree that you should never cut off more than ⅓ of the grass blade length during a regular mowing. Cutting more than that can cause stress on the grass seed itself and possibly bring long term damage to your lawn. Even if the warm summer weather combined with a recent rainfall has caused your grass to sprout quickly, only cut off a small amount in order to keep your grass healthy and strong.

2. Water in the Morning

You may see neighbors who water their lawns at twilight but the best time to water is early in the morning between 4 am-10 am. This will allow your lawn ample time to soak up the water as well as the opportunity to dry off with the hot midday sun. Watering at night can cause issues like fungus to grow in the lawn due to being wet and without sunlight for many hours. Check with local water authorities if you live in an area that is prone to drought and only water the minimal amount in order to conserve water in your area.

3. Treat For Grubs

Summer is the perfect time for pesky beetles to use your lawn as a breeding area. Japanese Beetles and June Bugs lay eggs in grass during the early parts of summer. Once summer is in full swing, the eggs hatch and will wreak havoc on your lawn and garden. Ward off these beetles by treating your lawn with grub control in the early parts of summer. Your local agricultural extension office can also give you definite windows of time when it best to apply grub control to your lawn.

4. Sharpen Your Mower Blade

Keep your mower in top working condition by making sure that the blade is sharp and free from defects. A dull mower blade can do more damage to grass as it will pull grass up without actually cutting it. Make sure to sharpen the mower blade and consider taking in your mower for a yearly tune up at a local lawn mower dealer that can easily help you with any issues that your mower may have. Keeping the blades sharp and ready for the busy mowing season is an important part of summer lawn care.

5. Clean Up After Pets

Dead spots on your lawn are caused by pet messes that aren’t cleared away in a timely manner. Be sure to pick up after your pet a few times a week in order to prevent those ugly dead spots. If you notice an area of your lawn that is dying without any pet feces you may have a pet that is urinating regularly in that area. Help to dilute the grass from high concentrations of waste by rinsing the area with water in order keep the grass healthy and strong.

Maintaining a healthy summer lawn can be done by not cutting off too much grass at one time and watering in the early morning. Treating your lawn for grubs, picking up after pets, and sharpening your mower blade are other great ways to easily keep your lawn healthy all summer long.

Rachael Baihn is an avid gardener, both indoors and in her backyard sanctuary. She can often be found exploring the Austin greenbelt or finding neighbourhood dogs to play with.