1. Mow your lawn regularly
The warm summer months of June, July and August are perfect for taking your time on the grass. If you’re new to mowing your lawn or have a tendency to overdo it, then this is the blog post for you. The advice presented here will help you get the best look out of your lawn all summer long.
Mowing height: How high should I mow?
This is one of those questions that’s easy to answer in theory but difficult to do correctly in practice. It would be much easier if there was some universal rule like cutting at 3 cm from the base of a Japanese maple tree each time but that doesn’t exist. There is a guide provided by TLC Lawn Care for setting the height at which your lawn mower should be running (typically 1 mm above ground level). The important thing to keep in mind when setting your lawn mower height is that with each cut, more material gets removed than before so try not to cut so much off that it looks like there’s snow on it!
2. Remove weeds
If you’ve ever had the terrible experience of accidentally stepping on the stem of a dandelion, you know that weeds can be quite annoying. They tend to pop up in your lawn and flower beds without warning. How can you reduce their appearance? Read on for 8 ways to keep your lawn looking amazing all summer long!
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- how to mow your lawn correctly
- keep blades sharp; not too short; not too long; at an angle; etc…
3. Water infrequently and deeply instead of often and shallowly
Keeping a lawn looking its best can be a challenge, especially if you’re trying to stick to a water budget. It’s tempting to see the sprinkler work and just leave it on for an hour or two, but in reality, this does little more than wet down the lawn’s surface. Deep watering—also known as irrigation at the roots—is much more effective.
When you water deeply, your lawn gets everything it needs and nothing it doesn’t: no nutrients that may promote algae growth or encourage pests like white grubs; no herbicides; just drinking-quality water straight from your tap (which is also good for your plants). Each type of grass has different needs regarding how often and how deeply it should be watered, which we’ve made easy to find below.
- Kentucky Bluegrass: 1″ every 10 days
- Fescue: 1″ every 5-7 days
- Rough St. Augustine: 2″ every 10 days
Deep watering isn’t just about the health of your lawn. Gallons of water are wasted by shallow watering each year—water that could be used in other ways instead of being sprayed onto pavement or into storm drains. By using less water with deep watering techniques, you’ll save money on your utility bill while keeping local aquifers full enough for everyone around you to use too—a win-win!
4. Test your soil
So you’ve been taking good care of your lawn all winter long, and now it’s time to reap some reward for your hard work. A well-maintained lawn can be the envy of anyone who walks past it. However, one essential element often overlooked in the nurturing of a beautiful yard is the soil itself.
What exactly does pH testing entail? It’s quite simple: After you’ve thoroughly watered your lawn with a hose or watering can, take an eyedropper filled with distilled water and drop it onto various parts of the soil. The eyedropper should contain two drops of water at a minimum; if there are more than four drops, make sure to use less water next time you test. After that, wait 20-30 minutes and see what happens to the sample—it should either stay fluid (a neutral reading) or become coagulated or cloudy (an acidic reading). If this has happened to your sample, chances are good that your soil is too acidic for many plants to thrive in. In order to remedy this situation, consider applying fertilizer designed for lime-hating plants around your base of trees and shrubs as well as on any patches of grass where you’re having trouble growing other vegetation.
If nothing has seemed different about your tested area after 30 minutes have passed since you dropped in the eyedropper full of distilled water, congratulations! This means that you have perfectly healthy soil for growing almost anything—although still consider testing again once a year just to make sure there haven’t been any changes from fertilizers or other elements used in gardening over time.
5. Aerate your lawn
Aeration is one of those maintenance tasks that can be kind of annoying, but if you do it right it will pay off big time. Aeration means cutting small holes in the ground with a tool called a lawn aerator to put oxygen into the root zone and provide some much-needed drainage. This is especially important if you live in a dry area; like me!
In the long run, aeration causes less wear and tear on your lawn than over-fertilizing or mowing too often (see my blog post about over-fertilizing for more info). It’s really easy to do—your yard doesn’t have to look like a forest for us to aerate! You just have to take care of three things:
- Have your grass cut at least once every 2 weeks
- Allow 3 weeks between mowings so we get our grass hydrated from having all that water evaporate during the heat (it takes longer when you’re not irrigating)
- Carefully insert the lawn aerator so that its tip reaches as deep as possible into the soil before trying to turn it on–you don’t want it digging up valuable organic matter!
6. Fertilize your lawn regularly
One thing everyone knows is that a good lawn takes time, effort, and lots of money to maintain. However, there are several things you can do to minimize these costs—though it will take a bit of work on your part. One of the best ways to keep your lawn at its best is to fertilize it regularly.
You need fertilizer for healthy growth. Just like how you eat nutritious food to stay healthy and get stronger, so does your lawn! You want your grass growing as strong and sturdy as possible all year long—and having well-fed grass is definitely one way of checking that off the list.
7. Apply pesticides responsibly
Do you want to keep your lawn looking fresh and green all summer long? If you’re like most people, then the answer is yes! But the ways in which we can achieve this goal are manifold, with no one set of rules applicable to every lawn. The good news is that as long as you’re taking care of your lawn correctly, it’s unlikely that you’ll do any serious damage.
Bring it on!
8. Mulch your yard
Mulching—the covering of bare soil with a layer of natural materials like wood chips, bark chips, straw, leaves or grass clippings—is a great way to ensure your lawn stays in tip-top shape. Mulch is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also can reduce the amount of water and fertilizers you need to keep your yard looking gorgeous.
Pruning is another important step in keeping your garden beautiful and healthy. This also helps prevent plants from dropping leaves into your mulch. When you are pruning plants that drop their leaves in the fall, be sure to leave some leaves on the plant for it to use throughout the winter months.
Here are eight ways to mulch your lawn this summer:
Your lawn can look amazing all summer long, it just takes regular upkeep and maintenance!
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Summer is here, and it’s time to get your lawn looking its best. Here are 8 simple ways you can keep your lawn in tip-top shape all summer long:
1. Mow your lawn regularly
2. Don’t water your lawn
3. Water your lawn
4. Feed the neighborhood birds
5. Build a birdhouse
6. Build a birdhouse for the birds to live in
7. Leave the grass clippings on the lawn after you mow it, so it feeds itself
8. Avoid walking on your lawn
Summer means hot, sunny days and long, bright evenings. It means barbecues, pool parties, and spending time outdoors. This is the time of year when your lawn gets the most use.
And that’s why it’s also the time of year when your lawn needs the most care.
It can be hard to know how best to take care of your lawn in a way that will keep it looking its best through months of summer fun, but don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with our top 8 tips on how to keep your lawn at its absolute greenest all summer long:
1. Don’t mow too short! When grass is mowed too short in the summertime, it can suffer from sunburn and dehydration. Make sure you’re keeping your grass at least 2 inches tall during the hot months.
2. Mow high and often! Keeping your grass long will help protect it from sunburn, but it won’t do much if you don’t mow regularly. Not only does mowing help keep your grass from looking scraggly and unkempt, but it also removes excess thatch and helps prevent pests from taking up residence in your yard.
3. Water deep! If you want
It may be easy to keep up your lawn during the spring, or even the fall. But with all of the warmth, humidity, and parties that summer brings, it can be tough to make sure your lawn is looking its best from Memorial Day to Labor Day. That’s why we’ve put together this list of eight ways you can keep your grass green and healthy throughout the entire season.
#1: Check Your Grass Regularly
It’s important to check your grass regularly, especially if you have pets or children who might be out playing in it a lot. We recommend checking at least once a week for things like pests or clippings that have been left over from previous trimming sessions.
#2: Mow In A Different Direction Each Time
Mowing in a different direction each time will help prevent any bald patches from forming in your yard. It also helps give you an opportunity to spot any potential problems while they’re still small—before they become larger issues down the line! If you’re using a gas-powered lawn mower, make sure there are no leaks around the gas line; these could cause some serious damage to both human health and property values over time!
All right, so you’ve got yourself a nice lawn. That’s great! But the summer sun will make your lawn look less fresh than it did when you first bought it—and that can be a real downer.
So how do you keep your lawn looking just as lush and green all summer long? Here are eight ways to keep your lawn looking even better in the hot weather:
1. Water regularly (but not too much!)
2. Add mulch (but not too much!)
3. Mow high (but not too high!)
4. Keep it aerated
5. Remove weeds by hand
6. Use pesticides wisely
7. Don’t let anyone walk on your grass
8. Don’t grow grass
The summer sun is heating up and we’re spending more time outside. Unfortunately, the hot weather isn’t always kind to our lawns. With a few simple strategies, you can keep your lawn looking lush and lovely all summer long.
Caring for your lawn over the summer means watering it carefully to ensure that it stays hydrated without drowning or drying out. Watering too little or not at all will encourage your grass to dry out and eventually die. On the other hand, watering too much can lead to problems like root rot and other diseases.
If you have an established lawn, be sure to water deeply but infrequently (1-2 times per week). If your soil is sandy, then you may need to water more frequently — up to 3 times per week — because sandy soils drain faster than loamy or clay soils.
If you’re unsure about the best way to water your lawn, you can always contact a local landscaper for help with lawn care in Ferndale WA. They can explain the best way to water your lawn based on the type of grass you have and the type of soil in your yard.
Apply Fertilizer Carefully
It can be tempting to dump fertilizer
1. Mow high – If you want to keep your lawn healthy and looking great, you should mow it high. Taller grass can hold water better and allow your roots to grow deeper into the soil, which is ideal during the summer months when droughts are more likely.
2. Water deeply – This goes along with our last point about tall grass. When your lawn has deeper roots, it will be able to withstand dry spells and continue to look great in the hot summer months. The best way to encourage deep root growth is by watering deeply for longer periods rather than watering frequently for shorter periods of time. This will ensure that the water reaches deep into the soil as well as keep your lawn looking its best during the summer heat!
3. Weed regularly – Weeding is a pain, but it’s something that needs to be done on a regular basis if you want your lawn to look its best during the summer months – especially in areas where there are lots of weeds growing naturally or from the previous season’s growth (like along sidewalks). Make sure you pull out all weeds before they seed themselves again next spring so they won’t become an even bigger problem later on!
4. Don’t bag clippings –
1. Watering: Make sure you water your lawn early in the morning, not in the middle of the day. This will help your grass absorb more water before the heat of the sun dries it out, and it will also help your yard retain moisture longer.
2. Mowing: Don’t mow too short—this will cause your grass to dry out faster than normal. Try to cut less than 1/3 of the grass height at a time, and leave clippings on the grass when you’re done. These clippings return nutrients to your soil and act as a natural fertilizer for your lawn.
3. Fertilizing: If you use a fertilizer that contains weed killer, make sure to apply it before any weeds have sprouted or it won’t be effective. You can spread fertilizer by hand, but a fertilizer spreader makes things much easier and helps ensure even coverage across the lawn.
4. Weed removal: Weeds are an inevitable part of lawn care, but there are ways to control them. You can use pre-emergent herbicides to prevent seedlings from germinating, or post-emergent herbicides to kill weeds that have already sprouted. You can also use organic