How can you keep your lawn looking green and fresh all summer long, even when the temperatures increase the rains slow down? Here are some tricks that the team at Vision Green want you to know, so your lawn will look its best throughout the growing season.
Mow to the Proper Height
In the summer, encourage deeper roots by mowing the fescue to a four-inch height. The longer length will also protect from invading Bermuda grass, which does not like the shade. If you are encouraging Bermuda growth, keep the lawn short, only about one to one-and-a-half inches, but be prepared for the dormant, brown color after about four months of good green growth, no matter how carefully you mow.
For your lawn to stay green, it needs enough water. When the rain slows down in July and August, you may need to supplement the water. A timed sprinkler system can be helpful, as long as you remember to turn it off when we receive a good, deep rain. Time your watering so that it happens early in the day so you do not lose valuable water to evaporation, and plan to water two times per week.
Protect from Summer Heat Stress
Most properties in our area have cool season fescue, which is a great grass for our climate. However, this grass does not handle excessive heat or drought conditions well, and is prone to disease in the summer as a result. Avoid problems by using a liquid mix on the grass designed specifically for summer heat stress and summer disease prevention.
Choosing the right fertilizer is an important step in creating a green lawn, but with the many options available to you, finding the right one is a definite challenge. Consider a slow-release product with a crabgrass prevention, or plan to fertilize a few times throughout the summer. A soil test can help you determine when you need fertilizer.
At Vision Green, we want you to be able to enjoy a glowing lawn all season long. Talk to our landscaping professionals to determine what type of lawn maintenance and care you need make your lawn the envy of the neighborhood this summer.