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10 Best Ways to Care for Your Lawn During the Summer

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Posted on: Feb 07, 2019Jordyn Rowntree

Summer is a time of warm temperatures and lawn growth. Without essential care, your yard can turn from lush and green to dead and brown. Lawn care doesn’t have to be challenging, if you keep a few essentials in mind. Here are the ten best ways to care for your lawn this summer.

1. Test Soil pH Levels

Your pH levels can change over the course of weeks so it’s a fantastic idea to test them every so often to ensure they’re balanced. By finding out the alkalinity and acidity of your grass, you can help it grow better. Add lime if your soil is too acidic and iron if its not acidic enough.

2. Aerate

If you haven’t already aerated your lawn this year, then make sure to do so this summer. Aerating is a critical part of lawn care maintenance. Using an aerating tool, perforate your grass with small holes to allow air, water, and nutrients to make their way to grassroots.

3. Fertilize

Don’t forget to fertilize your grass. If you’re worried about the safety of your pets and family, choose an organic fertilizer.

4. Apply a Top Seed

When it comes to top seed, invest in high-quality seeds. Cheap seeds result in browner, coarser grass that’s less resilient to the harsh summer. Help your grass grow better and to address uneven terrain and bare spots.

5.Sharpen Blades

Since you’re mowing more often than not, you’ll want to sharpen your mower blades. Sharp mower blades mean you can cut your grass with a sharp, clean cut that results in lush green grass.

6. Change Cutting Height

In the summer, you should maintain a grass height of between 2 and 2.5”. The longer the grass, the better your grass will grow and the greener your yard will be. This high cut keeps your grassroots shaded from the harsh sun.

7. Water Deeply

Quality over quantity. Once a week, water your grass slowly and deeply with 1” of water.

8.Use a Pre-emergent Herbicide

Want to stop the seeds of weeds from germinating without negatively impacting already existing and established plants? Apply a pre-emergent herbicide to accomplish this goal.

9.Use a Mulching Mower

The beauty of a mulching mower is that it allows you to spread grass clippings across your lawn that help it thrive. These clippings break down easily and help improve soil quality.

10. Remove debris

Remove any organic or synthetic material from your lawn period to fight against soil compaction that results in bare spots and uneven terrain.