Summer is here and with the warm temperatures and school-free days families spend a lot of time outdoors in their yards. But, with the rising temperatures and decrease in rainfall, summertime is putting a serious strain on your yard. If you are not careful, your grass could end up brown, ugly, and dead. No rainfall and strict water restrictions can really hurt your ability to take care of your lawn. However, there are some tried and true tips that are sure to beat the summer heat.
When your yard is suffering from a drought, these tips will help you survive:
- Raise the blades on your mower. Taller grass provides more protection from sun and encourages the growth of deeper roots, which makes it more resilient.
- Resist the temptation to bag your lawn clippings and use a mulching mower instead. The clippings will provide a barrier that keeps moisture in your yard longer.
- Aerate your yard twice a year (fall and spring) to keep out thatch and help the roots grow deeper.
- Sharpen your lawnmower blade. Dull blades put your grass under lots of undue stress. Stressed grass needs more water.
- Water early in the morning and when it is not windy to avoid unnecessary evaporation of your rationed water.
- Use a drip type irrigation system like a soaker hose. It puts water in the ground, where it is needed, more efficiently.
- Do not fertilize your yard in the summer. Experts will tell you that fertilized lawns are more sensitive to heat and require more water.
Green is definitely a color to envy in the heart of the summer. Do yourself a favor and follow these tips to keep a green lawn that makes your neighbors squirm with envy. Or, contact the Lawn Care Specialists of Golf Greens Texas at 806-559-7048 to have them take care of your yard for you.