Summer Stresses Your Lawn Out – Here’s Why

  • Written by: Killingsworth Environmental
  • July 31, 2017

Grass Gets Stressed Too

Who would have thought? While we are all relaxing on our summer vacations, our grass is stressing out! The combination of heat, dry weather, and foot traffic creates major stress for most types of grass. Then, just like humans, when your lawn is stressed it is more susceptible to disease, including pests like weeds and bugs. Here are some steps you can take to de-stress your lawn for lush, healthy grass:

1. Avoid Walking On Grass

Walking on grass, wet or dry, is damaging to your lawn. If the grass is dry, walking on it will be beat the lawn down instead of it bouncing back. This tears and mats the grass. Heavy foot traffic on wet grass can lead to soil compaction, which keeps air from getting to grass roots. Avoid walking on the grass by using sidewalks and pavers to guide people to and from your home.

2. Make Sure Your Mower is Sharp and High

Rule number one for lawn care in the summer is to let your grass grow a little longer. Taller grass grows deeper roots, and deeper roots can reach moisture that’s further down in the soil. It’s also important to keep your blades sharp so that you get clean cuts. Dull blades will tear your grass, making them lose more moisture and look brown.

3. Resist Overfeeding

The more stressed your lawn is, the less it will grow. Resist the urge to ‘fix’ your lawn with fertilizer and seeds. Feeding a lawn that’s not growing is a waste of your time and money. Instead, feed it in the spring to prepare your lawn, and if it gets sick, wait for the fall when the weather cools down to help your lawn recover quickly.

4. Water In the AM

The prime time to water your lawn is between 6AM and 10AM. When you water your lawn in the dead heat of a summer afternoon, a lot of your watering efforts will be lost to evaporation. When you water in the evening, you risk inviting disease. Watering in the morning will keep your lawn refreshed and healthy, and will definitely reduce stress!

That’s it, folks! Do those simple steps and you’ll be well on your way to a zen yard.

If you need some help with your lawn – or are relaxing on your vacation and want someone to take over for a little – contact our lawn care professionals today! One of our representatives will get back to you as soon as possible to get your yard under control!

Check out our Killingsworth Workbook: Lawn Care Tips, Tricks & Checklists for more lawn care best practices!

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