Summer Lawn Care Tips
~ June 20, 2012
As the heat of summer hits home it is time to review Summer Lawn Care Tips:
– Water the lawn early in the morning. Watering in the heat of the day will result in moisture loss through evaporation.
– It is best to water your lawn infrequently and deeply. Rather than watering a little each day it is more beneficial to the root structure of your lawn to water deeply (1″) once a week.
– Practice ‘grass-cycling’ and leave grass clippings on the lawn. Clippings will return nutrients to the soil and help retain moisture in the lawn. Better yet – use a mulching attachment on your lawn mower.
– Reduce the amount of foot traffic on the lawn during periods of drought.
– Raise the cutting height of your lawn mower to 2 1/2 or 3 inches to avoid stressing the grass. Longer grass will provide shade to the roots and reduce water loss from the soil.
– Sharpen lawn mower blades so the grass will be cut cleanly, not torn.
Decide whether you will allow your lawn to go dormant during periods of drought. Unless you experience a prolonged drought, your lawn will come back and green-up once the weather cools off.
Invest in a Mark’s Choice rain barrel [I have 4 working for me right now!], available at Home Hardware, to collect valuable rain water. I use it to water all of my container plants and newly planted plants in the garden. Water collected in a rain barrel will not be as cold as tap water and will not shock plants when applied during hot conditions. Heat seeking plants like impatiens and tomatoes love it!