The Dog Days of Summer

June 30, 2016

We've officially moved into the dog days of summer, in case you haven't noticed the heat we've been experiencing. Not only is the heat hard on you, it's doubly hard on your lawn. If not taken care of properly, you may soon see large brown and even dead patches as a result of improper lawn care. We want to help you keep your lawn looking lush and green all summer long, so here are a few tips to help you lawn survive those hot summer days.

1. Mower Height

Mowing can be a pain, and especially so when it's 100 degrees out. Most people like to crank their mower down to a low height, to lengthen the time between mowing. This can really hurt your grass by cutting it too close to the soil, and longer grass can help shade your soil, helping to reduce water evaporation. The more water in your soil, the deeper your grass roots can go looking for water. Proper mower maintenance can also help. A sharp blade helps create an even cut, whereas a duller blade can leave brown, ragged edges in your lawn. If the thought of mowing this summer leaves you a little queasy, Kaldenbergs can take over the mowing duties for you, letting you enjoy your air conditioning instead.

 

2. Watering

Watering can vary wildly, depending on what kind of grass you have. There are several varieties of grass that are extremely drought tolerant, such as fescue, some that go completely dormant during a drought, and many that don't do especially well in the summer. Your soil also impacts your watering pattern. Clay soil absorbs water much slower than a sandy or loam style soil, and thus can only take so much water. It is very possible to over water your lawn in the summer months. Research your soil and grass type, and water accordingly. You can also invest in an irrigation system to keep your grass watered properly, which is also something we are happy to help you with. 

 

3. Treat for Weeds & pests

Depending on the time of year, there are a lot of different pests and weeds out there looking to munch on your lawn. June & July is the hatching season for Japanese beetles and June bugs, while later in the summer many cool-season weeds begin to rear their head. Be sure to stay on top of these pests as they pop up, using the correct fertilizer and pest control for your specific problem.

 

4. Clean up your yard.

Finally, summer is a great time to go outside and have your kids and dogs play in your beautiful yard. However, they can leave quite a mess. Letting children's toys, water games, and even lawn chairs stay out  for too long can hurt and even kill off your lawn. Making sure your kids pick up after play time not only is good behavior, it's also great for you lawn. The family pooch can also leave dead spots on the lawn when they do their business. Flushing the area with water can help, but a better solution is to create a mulched or pebbled area for them to take care of their waste.

 

All these tips combined can help keep you lawn thriving all summer long. Kaldenbergs is your lawn care expert, and we're happy to answer any questions you may have. When you run into problems you can't handle, or you'd rather enjoy your summer than spend it on lawn care, we're there for you!

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