It’s a great time of year to share a summer lawn care checklist to ensure your lawn thrives during the growing season. Sometimes, you’ll face an usually hot and dry summer and your grass will be reeling from the extreme weather conditions. The hotter and drier the weather, the more water your grass will need. It is also easier for your lawn to turn yellow, and be less resistant to disease and insects. Here is the best lawn care regime for harsh summers.
Choose a Drought-Resistant Seed
If you don’t use one already, switch to a drought-resistant seed. It might be too late to save your lawn entirely from heat stress; however, with annual seeding, you can help it for the future. Drought-resistant seed such as Red Fescue or Kentucky Blue Grass are the best turf types for our climate in Southern Ontario. Additionally, these seeds are more resilient to extreme heat and can outlive these conditions with less water. It is key to seed your lawn annually to maintain and thick, lush foundation.
Water When the Temperature Cools Down
On average, lawns require about 2 inches of water per week during the summer to remain healthy and green. If the weather gets hot and dry, it’s better to water your lawn when temperatures are cooler otherwise much of it will evaporate and defeat the purpose. Therefore, you should water your lawn in the early morning so the moisture is more easily absorbed by roots. Also, by watering in the morning you reduce the risk of over saturation which can cause fungus or disease.
Deep Watering vs. Shallow Watering
It is always better to water deeply for longer periods of time rather than short bursts of water. My favourite analogy is comparing the harsh temperatures and your grass to how you feel after a long run. A sip of water isn’t going to quench your thirst but the more you drink, the quicker your body will recover. The same is true for your lawn!
Shade Your Grassroots
You’d be surprised how much long grass can shade roots and keep them from bearing the full consequences of extreme heat. During harsh summer conditions, make sure your grass stays long to do just that. By setting your mower blade to the highest setting, you’re naturally protecting the soil and the crowns of the grass blades. This effectively creates a natural security system for your lawn to reduce many different problems such as weeds, disease, insects and, fungus
By following this simple summer lawn care checklist, your lawn will thank you for summers to come!