Keeping a Healthy Lawn During Hot Summer Months
Everyone looks forward to the summer, don't they?
Summer is when you get to enjoy the sun's warmth as you soak its glorious rays into your skin. That's self-care.
Well, plants enjoy summer as much as you do, as they also soak in the sun's radiance to glow brilliantly in that way that you love.
In summer, your lawns tend to look their best. However, they also go through a lot of stress in this period. Weather extremes, increased human traffic and insect infestations can make the lawn look brown, dry and boring.
However, keeping up isn't too hard. You can get your lawn in prime condition with some time-honed techniques.
Let's discuss some of them.
Water in spells
It's important to properly water your lawn to keep it healthy. If not, the plants lose their vibrant look, and the turf will appear dull.
In summer, there are periods where the rains, though heavy, are few and far in between.
During this hiatus, the grass may lose its sheen. For the best results, water deeply, and in a manner that emulates actual rainfall patterns.
Soaking the grass at least twice a week is also recommended. This is more ideal, and will give better results than a daily watering.
Improve soil quality
After prolonged dry weather, it can be hard for the soil to absorb moisture even in heavy rains. Thus, there's more soil runoffs and less absorption.
In summer, you can apply a special soil wetter on the lawn to loosen pores and allow it to absorb water quicker.
This way, other soil treatments you give will be more efficient, as both water and fertilizers can penetrate more quickly into the soil.
In the summer, it's recommended that you do the watering in the mornings, between 6am and 10am.
By the time the sun has moved higher up into the sky, any moisture will evaporate quicker than it can be absorbed in photosynthesis. Simultaneously, you can't water if it's too dark, as photosynthesis can only happen when the sun's in the sky.
Also, watering in the cool damp of darkness might result in disease development.
To avoid spending unnecessary funds and time, watch out for where the surface water is running off to.
If the runoff happens before the soil has soaked in the water, you can switch off your sprinkler for about half an hour, to allow for full absorption. Then, continue.
To make things easier, you can invest in an adjustable sprinkler.
Don't water in the rain
As obvious as this tip seems, you are surprised that some people still fall afoul of it.
Most of the guilty people have automatic sprinkler systems installed.
The best practice is to keep your watering cycle as irregular as possible to make up for the times between downpours where the grass begins to dry.
Avoid hot water
If you leave your hose lying around for long enough, it can heat up water contained within, which you may inadvertently scorch the turf with. This leads to discoloration in patches.
Always remember to empty the hose after each use.
Even better, you can contact the pros. Hursh's Landscaping can give you that healthy, beautiful lawn anywhere in and around the Lehigh Valley with our lawn care services.