One of the best parts about summer, is spending time on the lawn barefoot! There’s nothing quite like the feel of healthy green grass between your toes, especially when it’s cool and lush. So, how do you protect that gorgeous green carpet from the ravages of heat, drought, mowing and malnourishment? The key is in proper lawn and garden care, and that’s more than just using the right tools! Here are 3 quick summer lawn care tips from Scotts to help you keep your lawn looking and feeling its best!
Summer Lawn Care Tip #1: Mow High
According to Scott’s, “Gorgeous summer lawns start with long, deep, healthy roots that snake through soil to find moisture.” Encourage deep roots by mowing as high as you can for your grass type. Also, sharpen mower blades at least once a season to ensure a clean cut on individual blades of grass, which helps reduce moisture loss. Not only will this keep your lawn looking uniform in terms of length, it’ll ensure that your grass can grow back properly and stay healthy.
Summer Lawn Care Tip #2: Water
To keep grass green, healthy, and growing, provide at least 1 inch of water per week, either through irrigation or rainfall. Time irrigation for early morning (between 6 and 10 a.m.) to minimize water loss to evaporation. Be sure to avoid overwatering when irrigating, as this is an easy way to damage your grass and decrease its aesthetic value. To avoid damage from heavy rains, we recommend adding a rain garden to your lawn! A rain garden is a specially designed garden that features plants that need and can handle absorbing more water. You can also use special soil mixes that feature a high concentration of sand to better absorb excess water. This allows more of the heavy rainfall to be absorbed into your rain garden and keeps your lawn looking and feeling better!
Summer Lawn Care Tip #3: Feed
All grass types benefit from summer feeding. Grasses grow most actively during summer heat, so feeding helps fuel and sustain the intense growth. We recommend Scotts STEP 3 Lawn Food With 2% Iron for a great green-up. It also strengthens the lawn against heat and drought. Simply apply with a spreader to a wet or dry lawn! If temperatures are consistently exceeding 90 degrees F, water immediately to reduce stress on your lawn. The final result should be a lovely, lush lawn that not only looks gorgeous, but feels delightful to walk on!
If you’re looking to work that green thumb this season but aren’t sure where to start – we can help! Our knowledgeable team will answer your questions and help you find the right supplies to beautify your entire lawn and garden.