With temperatures rising and rain fall decreasing, the dog days of August can put a serious strain on your lawn. Your lawn could end up dead If you are not careful. Lack of rain can really take a shot at your ability to take care of your lawn. However, here are are some tried and true tips that are sure to beat the summer heat and keep your lawn lush and green.
When your lawn is suffering from high heat and low rainfall, these tips will help keep you lush and green instead of withered and brown:
- Raise your lawn mower blades. We do this for all of our lawn care clients. By keeping your grass taller it provides more protection from sun and grows deeper roots. This will make your lawn mush more resilient.
- Time to insert the mulching plug on your lawn mower if it is so equipped. Now is the time to resist the temptation to bag your grass clippings and use your mulcher instead. The grass clippings will provide additional nutrients back into the soil and create a barrier that keeps moisture in your lawn longer.
- Aerating your lawn twice a year (fall and spring) will help the roots grow deeper and break through the thatch layer to allow moisture to penetrate deeper.
- Service your lawn mower and have the blade sharpened. Dull blades tend to pull rather than cut grass creating lots of undue stress. Stressed grass needs more water to recover.
- If you water your lawn early in the morning and when it is not windy you will need to use less water by avoiding unnecessary evaporation of your water. The water will penetrate deeper into the soil and refresh your lawn’s root system
- You can also use a drip type irrigation system like a soaker hose instead of a sprinkler. It will put the water in the ground, where it is needed, more efficiently without it overspraying onto areas that do not need water such as driveways and sidewalks.
- Fertilize in the Spring and Fall. do not fertilize in the summer. Fertilized lawns are more sensitive to heat and require more water.
A green lawn is definitely a color for your neighbors to envy in the heart of the summer. Do yourself a favor and follow these tips to keep a green lawn that makes your neighbors jealous. Better yet have the professionals at Vandal’s Landscaping take over your lawn maintenance and keep your lawn healthy and green.
*Vandal’s Landscaping is a family business owned and operated by Todd Vandal and his wife Brooke Vandal, providing amazing landscapes and property maintenance in Winnipeg and surrounding areas since 1999.