Taking Care of Your Lawn This Summer – A Quick Refresher Course
Many homeowners have been taking care of lawns practically their entire lives. Many adults who grew up in a house with a lawn – whether it was a city-sized “postage stamp”, a sprawling suburban or country lawn or on a vast rural property – had as one of their chores mowing the lawn.
Back in the day, taking care of the lawn primarily involved mowing it. Sure, there was some watering and maybe even a bit of fertilizing once in a while, but lawn care pretty much meant mowing it. And usually, it was the kids’ job to do it.
However, times have changed; summer heat has escalated. It seems that just about every area of the country gets hit with a heatwave at least once during the summer months. And the inevitable heat wave now has to be considered when planning and executing any type of summer lawn care regimen.
Much research has gone into the proper and most effective procedures for making sure your lawn is cared for in the best way during the heat of the summer. The results of this research show up in the lawn care essentials and protocols that all homeowners are now advised to follow.
Here are the current guidelines for taking the best possible care of your lawn this summer.
Hydrate properly – Everyone knows how important it is to water a lawn. However, the key to most effective watering lies in how much and how often the lawn is watered. Many people accept that it is necessary to water their lawns and plants many times during the week and strictly adhere to this routine during the hot summer months. This is likely something their parents did, and they never bothered to question it as they grew up and got their own lawns.
However, watering your lawn and plants many times throughout the week is incorrect. This is overwatering them which overstresses your lawn’s and soil’s ability to absorb all the water. When this occurs, the lower layers of your soil dry out and become barren as the upper layers become slushy.
It is imperative that you only water your plants and lawn twice a week – at the most. But, water them longer than you normally do. In this way, the water can penetrate deeper which enables the grass and soil to naturally pace their absorption.
Create pathways in your soil – How often do you aerate your lawn? In other words, how often do you poke your lawn with a stick or a rake? Do you do it at all? Do you know why it is so important?
Basically, aerating your lawn is critical to the health of your lawn. Simply poke it with a stick or rake penetrating it two to three inches deep to create a route or pathway for atmospheric gases and air to travel into your soil.
Mow to the proper height and don’t toss the clippings – That’s right. You may have been raised to mow your lawn right down to the ground but that’s wrong. Leave some height so you don’t remove all of the growing grass. And leave the clippings as they are on your lawn; they will serve as your fertilizer.
For More Information on Maintaining Your Lawn This Summer
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