Grass Care in the Summer: 7 Things to Remember Grass Care in the Summer: 7 Things to Remember
Summer temperatures can play havoc with your lawn grass, so some basic grass care tips can help you keep it lush and fresh throughout all seasons.
1 - Know your Grass
Knowing what type of grass you have is the foundation to knowing how to treat it. Grass is either of the cool or warm category and type is determined by the season in which it attains its optimal growth. Whilst different types demand some different treatment options these tips are common to both.
2 - Cool Season Grass
Cool season grass which reaches its optimal growth in spring and fall in the cooler zones, can dry out in summer if it is not given the extra attention it needs to combat the summer heat. It will need extra watering, and when mowing, the blades needs to be set higher than in other seasons as tall grass can retain water better and the soil will be moist for a longer period of time.
3 - Warm Season Grass
This type of grass attains its peak growth in the summer months and will thus need extra watering, mowing and fertilizing to be at its best. Warm season grass can be found in two varieties. Those that do well in more shaded places and those that are exposed to the sun for most of the time.
4 - Common Needs
As mentioned above, both types of grass, whether of the cool or warm type, have some needs in common. Besides watering and mowing, you need to attend to fertilizing, weeds, pest control, aeration (if needed), moss removal and detaching (also if needed). For warm type of grass, this can be done during early fall or when temperature has become more lenient.
5 - Dormancy
Sometimes it is a good idea to let the grass go dormant, especially if the summer is running in the very hot temperatures. Dormancy does not mean the grass is dead even though it turns an unsightly brown color. It just means that it is resting to start growing again when there is less heat stress; dormancy cannot be reversed, so if your lawn has gone brown stop watering and wait the process out. During dormancy you can take a break from lawn care, saving water because in high heat your grass would need plenty of it.
6 - Fertilizing
It is best to use liquid fertilizers because they go straight to the roots and won’t burn the grass. Fertilizers with low nitrogen content are the best for summer care and remember that cool grass needs feeding in early spring and late fall, so don’t feed in the summer months.
7 - Keeping Grass Green
If due to heat and bleaching from the sun your grass starts losing its color, use a liquid iron product to restore it to its former vibrant hue. This is applied to the roots and can also be used on other type of shrubs and plants.
Good grass care starts with the planting of the first seedlings, by knowing your grass and the limitations and weather pattern of the zone where you live. Grass care has to be for all seasons but the summer month may be a bit more demanding because of heat stress which will leave its mark on all living things. Knowing what to do by making and keeping yourself informed will insure that the grass care system you are following is the best one you can have to attain your goal.