The heat of the sun can destroy a lawn in the summer as important moisture evaporates from exposed grass without being replaced. The result is a brown patch of dead grass that is unhealthy and unattractive. Consider the following lawn care tips to help your yard make it through its brutal summer vacation.
Moisture is very important for a healthy lawn. Depending on where you live, you might get a decent amount of rain in the summer to revive the grass. However, in drier locations or during periods of drought, it is important to water your lawn. It is best to water early in the morning before the sun is too high. This way the sun does not cause cascading water to evaporate, and the grass can also take the water to deep roots more efficiently. This saves you money and gets more water to the grass.
A well-kept lawn is carefully managed with mowing. Some people may find short grass attractive, but it is recommended to give the grass some extra length in the summer. Taller grass casts more shade, which in turn cools the ground and prevents even more moisture from escaping into the atmosphere. Additionally, there is less heat stress as the plants struggle to stay healthy and compete with weeds in large, exposed areas. Leaving the grass clippings on the lawn after mowing is another way to keep the area both cool and nutrient rich.
If you are on vacation or are uncertain about when you do and do not need to water your lawn, consider hiring a landscaper. As a specialist in lawn maintenance, he or she can foster healthy grass growth in the most efficient way possible. They can also recommend techniques to prepare your lawn in the late spring for the hot summer, with various mowing regimes or applications of certain fertilizers. With intentionality and proper lawn care, your yard will stay healthy during the summer.