Summer can be a stressful time for any lawn. With proper seasonal care, however, you can keep your lawn in great condition to withstand all of summer’s extremes and activities.
Summer is a season of extremes, with long hours of brutal sunlight, blazing hot temperatures, and cycles of drought and flooding between summer storms. Summer is also when weeds and fungus are growing more vigorously and pests are on the lookout for tasty roots and shoots to feed on. And even while lawns have to face these stresses, they’re also subject to the most use during the summer months with backyard barbecues and games, kids playing outdoors, water fights, overnight campouts, and other activities. All of these factors add up to terror for a lawn, and it’s easy for even well-maintained turf to start looking worn out, thin, and brown in the summer months. With the right summer care, however, you can have a spectacular lawn all season long.
Spring is when you should evaluate your lawn’s overall condition. Test your soil and add amendments if necessary, and consider overseeding or patching your lawn as needed to help it be thick and ready for the rigors of summer. Fertilize properly to support early season growth, and be sure your lawn mower, trimmer, and other tools are sharpened and working properly so you can care for your lawn more easily.
As the days start to lengthen and temperatures start to warm in the early days of summer, generally from late May to late June, it is time to…
During the hottest part of the summer season – typically late June through mid-August – your lawn needs special care to keep looking its best and withstand the season’s highest stresses.
When summer finally starts to cool and the days begin to shorten, it is time to adjust your summer lawn care schedule and begin preparing for your lawn’s autumn needs.
Every lawn is different. The more you know your lawn and the stresses it faces throughout the season, the better you will be able to create a summer lawn care schedule with your lawn’s specific needs in mind. With the right care, your lawn will thrive no matter how challenging summer may be, and you’ll enjoy all the benefits that healthy, vigorous turf brings to your home.