As summer approaches, it’s time to prep your lawn for the hot days ahead. Thanks to the heat and high humidity, the season can take its toll on your luscious lawn, causing stress and making it vulnerable to other challenges. While preparing your lawn for summer can feel daunting, these tips will help you keep it in top condition with minimal effort.
Why should you prepare your lawn for summer?
There are a few reasons why it's important to prep your lawn for the hot summer months. First, hot weather and dry conditions can stress your lawn and make it more susceptible to disease, weed infestation, and pests.
In addition, summer is when you’ll host barbecues, play games, and spend more time with family outdoors. Preparing your lawn ensures the space is well-maintained, safe, clean, and ready for use, enabling you to maximize its usage for your outdoor activities.
How to prepare your lawn for the hot summer months
Mow your lawn regularly
Mowing your lawn regularly helps to keep it healthy and strong. The ideal mowing height for most lawns is 3-3.5 inches.
Water your lawn deeply and infrequently
Deep watering encourages your lawn's roots to grow deeper, which helps them to reach moisture during dry periods. Water your lawn deeply once weekly or more often if the weather is hot and dry.
Fertilize your lawn
Fertilizing your lawn helps to provide it with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and green. Apply a balanced fertilizer to your lawn in the spring and fall.
Aerate your lawn
Aerating your lawn helps to improve drainage and air circulation, which can help to prevent diseases and pests. Aerate your lawn in the spring or fall.
Thatch is a layer of dead grass and organic matter that can build up on the surface of your lawn. Thatch can prevent water and nutrients from reaching your lawn's roots, so it's essential to remove it regularly. You can remove thatch with a thatch rake or a core aerator.
Weeds can compete with your lawn for water, nutrients, and sunlight—control weeds by pulling them by hand or using a weed killer.
Prune trees and shrubs
Trees and shrubs can shade your lawn, preventing it from getting the sunlight it needs. Prune trees and shrubs that are shading your lawn to allow more sunlight to reach it.
Give your lawn the best care ahead of summer
Following the tips above can help your lawn stay healthy and green during the hot summer months. However, at D3 Lawn Care, we understand that not everyone has the time, knowledge, or inclination to handle it themselves.
If you prefer professional assistance in preparing and maintaining your lawn, we are here to help. Our team of experts can provide personalized lawn care solutions tailored to your specific needs, ensuring a healthy and vibrant lawn throughout the summer and beyond. Request an estimate today.