The summer heat can be extreme. With record breaking temperatures across the country, we are seeing our lawns drying out, thus losing its nice green color. There are several factors that can turn a healthy, green lawn brown. The good news is you may not have to wait until fall for your green color to return. The following tips will show you how to keep lawn green in summer heat.
1.Type of Grass
Make you have a grass that is appropriate for your climate and region. Cool weather grasses will survive shorter summers up in northern climates, but won’t survive very long in southern hot climates. In Texas the preferred grass are Zoysia, Bermuda and St Augustine grass. These grasses are heat and drought tolerant and perfect for warmer climates.
Its very import to keep your lawn mowed during the summer, but you must follow these guidelines for lawn mowing:
- Mow taller, more frequently. Keep your lawn mowed at a height of at least 3 to 3 and half inches no less.
- Leaving your grass too short dries out the soil below and can burn your roots from the hotter soil temperature. Keeping you grass longer shades the soil beneath and locking moisture into the soil.
- Mow in the early morning or early evening. Do not mow in the afternoon when the sun is at its hottest.
- Mowing the day after you have watered your lawn. Mowing your lawn early in the morning is ideal. This puts less stress on your lawn.
A few tips to follow when watering your lawn. Watering time and output should be more frequent during long periods of heat and drought conditions.
- During hot days, water deeply to about 6 to 7 inches a week at least twice a week.
- Follow an early morning watering during the summer, and watering at night during extreme hot days.
- DO NOT water during the afternoon when water evaporates quickly.
During summer your lawn still requires a food source to maintain healthy growth. The benefits of adding fertilizer are:
- Replenishing the soils nitrogen and other nutrients consumed by your lawn.
- Establishing a stronger, deeper root system. Healthier roots will survive extreme weather conditions longer.
- Your grass stays greener longer and more consistent through out your yard.
5. Seeding You Lawn
The follow up to fertilizing your lawn is to reseed your lawn. Add grass seed will promote new growth and drive out invasive weeds.
If you are the, “Do it yourself-er” or need the assistance of a lawn maintenance professional. Actively following these steps will help keep your lawn greener, longer during the summer.