How to Prepare Your Yard for the Summer

Summer is the time for outdoor gatherings and meals. Everyone wants a nice, green and lush lawn for outings. With some planning and correct care, you can have a lawn that is the talk of the town.

Control Those Weeds

Weed seeds germinate when the soil warms to at least 55 degrees consistently and emerge in lawns when the temperatures approach 70 degrees for only a few hours in one day. As soon as you notice weeds appearing in your lawn, you need to kill them. Younger, more tender weeds are much easier to get rid of, rather than larger, well-developed weeds. Post-emergent herbicides kill weeds after you see them including broadleaf weeds and grassy weeds. You can spot treat weeds easily by cutting out the bottom of a cup, placing it over the weed and spraying inside the cup. This method keeps the herbicide from getting on your wanted grass in your lawn.

Best Irrigation Practices

The summer heat stresses lawns and therefore requires more water on the grass to stay healthy. Your soil type also plays a major role in how often to irrigate your lawn. Clay type soils should be watered every four to six days, loamy soils need water every three to four days and sandy soils need water approximately every two days. When you irrigate your lawn, think low and slow so that it sinks into the ground and doesn’t run off the surface. The idea is to get the water down to the roots of the grass at about eight to 10 inches deep. You can push a screwdriver into the ground after irrigating and measure how far it went into the soil to measure the depth of irrigation.

Fertilizing Your Lawn

All lawns, no matter why type of grass they are, need fertilizing in the summer to promote growth and dazzling green blades of grass. You should follow the manufacturer’s label on the product you choose to add 1.0 pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn. Fertilize every four to six weeks throughout the entire growing season.

Best Mowing Practices

Mowing a lawn too short allows sunlight to reach the roots and can actually kill your grass in your lawn. Adjust your lawn mower blade to cut grass at between 2 ½ and 3-inches tall to reduce stress. This also reduces the amount of irrigation you need and promotes thick and healthy roots that discourage weeds in the lawn.

Following these few simple steps will keep your lawn beautiful and healthy all summer long. You may even win the Yard of the Month in your neighborhood.

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