As the temperatures rise, your lawn can be subject to extreme heat – especially the areas that are exposed directly to the sun. This can dry out your lawn quickly and once lush green grass becomes a tired looking dried out yellow. Have no fear! Here are some tips to maintain a healthy lawn.
Tip #1: Don’t Cut Your Grass Too Short
One common mistake made by homeowners is cutting a lawn too short. This reduces the ability for your lawn and the surrounding plants to produce energy needed for proper growth. Stronger roots are developed when a lawn is maintained at the proper height. The plant(s) will also be subject to less stress – even when the temperatures rise. Different kinds of grass also have their own unique growth habits as well. This depends on if they are warm season grass varieties or cool season varieties.
It’s best to talk to consult an expert or to research the type of grass you have to understand your lawn’s maintenance needs.
Tip #2 Wait Out the Drought
It’s best to avoid mowing the lawn during a drought because it can really damage your lawn. It’s better to wait for a rainfall to come and then go. The health of the grass is much higher after a rainfall. Just make sure you wait until the grass is dried as well to reduce grass clumping!
Tip #3: Don’t Overwater Your Lawn
It’s important to know that extreme heat doesn’t call for more water. If there is a rain, that is enough water to maintain your lawn until its dry again. There is no need to irrigate the lawn afterward as a lawn needs only roughly an inch of water over its entire zone to stay healthy.
Some grasses such as turf are actually better managed when they are on the dry side because too much water can actually breed diseases. When the soil has too much moisture, it can create problems in the plants’ physiology, soil, and organisms as they’ll be deprived of oxygen.
Tip #4 Only Water When Dry
Water needs to get to the grass roots and deep into the soil. The way to achieve is this to water your lawn infrequently and by keeping a close eye on it. It is not necessary to water your lawn every day – it’s better to water it only when it becomes dry. This ensures that the water goes deep into the soil and the surface doesn’t stay wet making your plant(s) susceptible to disease. If you notice certain parts of your lawn get drier faster, you can absolutely water those areas to prevent heat damage.
If you have a busy schedule, leave your lawn’s maintenance to Canada’s Gardenland. We will ensure that your lawn is healthy, lush and green. We can take measures to restore your old, tired lawn and implement any ideas you may have. View our gallery and contact us today!