Lawn & Garden:
Summer Lawn Care Tips
As we all know, the deeper we get into the summer, the higher the temperature soars. While our lawns thrive during these summer months, they are also in danger of becoming dried out and damaged if they are not take care of properly. Below you will find our tips to make help ensure your lawn is properly cared for and thrives this summer!
Watering Your Lawn during the Summer
In most cases, you will want to feed your lawn about 1” of water per week (up to 2” during the hotter months). This is, however, an ideal situation, as we have seen droughts and water restrictions in place on many occasions during the summer. Let’s take a quick look at the different methods for watering your lawn as well as addressing these “special” circumstances.
Methods of Watering a Lawn
Irrigation System – this may be one of the best ways to maximize the efficiency of your summer watering. An irrigation system not only allows you to time out the watering of the lawn, but also allows you to conserve water during the course of the summer. If you are not available to water your lawn on a regular basis, such as a summer vacation home, this is the ideal choice.
Sprinkler Systems – this is much more effective than simply taking a hose out and spraying your lawn. You can cover larger areas and higher end models may come with timing devices to control the actual watering of the lawn. There are two basic types of sprinkler systems with two sub categories:
o Portable Sprinklers – this is much less expensive than installing an irrigation system, but remains a very effective way to keep your lawn fed during the summer. While you can buy sprinklers for every area of your lawn, they also offer the convenience of being able to move them from location to location.
Stationary Sprinklers – these are perfect for covering areas of your lawn that not covered by your larger sprinklers.
Oscillating Sprinklers – ideal for covering larger lawns and work by spraying water over a large, rectangular area
Impact and Rotary Sprinklers – will work by spraying water in a circular pattern around your lawn. Not as effective for larger lawns, but perfect for medium sized lawns.
When to Water Your Lawn
There is a lot of misinformation concerning the watering of your lawn, especially when it comes to the time of the day the lawn should be watered. Here are some quick dos and don’ts for watering your lawn:
Watering Your Lawn during Droughts and Conserving Water
Many areas will have very specific regulations in place when it comes to watering your lawn. Be sure to check these restrictions before setting up your watering schedule. In addition, you may face a drought at some point during the summer as well as wanting to conserve water on your own to help protect the environment.
Wasting water is very easy to do if you are not monitoring the placement of your sprinklers. This can be especially true if you have children and/or animals playing in the areas where you have your sprinklers placed. Check them regularly to ensure they are covering the lawn only and not wasting water by watering your sidewalk or driveway.
If you have plants and shrubs as part of your lawn, consider moving them into groups that can be watered at once instead of being spread out all over the lawn.
Droughts can be lawn killers, but you can still protect your lawn. If the lawn is still growing, allow it to grow out longer so the blades create shade to protect the roots of the grass. You will not be able to water the lawn as much, but try to water it enough that will allow the roots to continue to stay strong.
Note that if you are not watering your lawn enough, you will start to see grassy weeds. If there are no watering restrictions, this is something to look for that will tell you if in you need to increase the amount of watering you are doing.
Dangers to Your Lawn
Some areas will see heavier rainfall and/or flooding during the summer. This can be very damaging to your lawn, but you can take precautions to prevent this from being severe as well as acting quickly after the fact to help your lawn recover.
Salt water can be very damaging to the lawn. This is important in areas that see ocean and/or bay flooding on a regular basis. Flush the lawn thoroughly after flooding to ensure all remnants of salt water have been removed from the grass and roots.
If there is any mud, silt, or debris, get outside and remove it from the lawn ASAP.
Regular flooding is dangerous for numerous reasons. The first concern is any damage to the homes foundation by run off. You can correct this by creating a slope to the lawn that will allow runoff to run away from the home so it will not damage the foundation. Secondly, you may start to see depressions in your lawn from water settling. You should fill these in immediately to prevent damage in the future.
Areas that see an abundance of storms are susceptible to mushroom growth. While mushrooms do not impose an immediate danger and can be mowed, you should look out for a “Fairy Ring.” This is when a dark green patch of grass is surround by a patch of mushrooms in a circular pattern. When this happens, the grass roots and the mushrooms are competing for the same nutrients, with the grass often losing the battle.
If much of your lawn is in a shady area, you may begin to see algae and moss growth. You may be able to address this yourself if the cause of the shade is, for example, a tree or shed. However, you may need to consult with a lawn care professional if this is not the case.
Poor drainage can also cause moss and algae. If you are handy and can handle DIY projects, you may be able to address this on your own. If not, consult with a local contractor to see how you can create better drainage for you lawn and eliminate this problem.
Remember, most of summer lawn care is about maintaining the lawn. As long as you are watering it properly, mowing it regularly, keeping an eye out for pest and/or insect infestations, and addressing problems such as flooding immediately, you should be able to enjoy a plush lawn all summer long.
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