The summer is about at its halfway point which is the time of the season that lawn care slows down and people spend time enjoying their lawns. This is also the time when the weather gets the warmest and lawn growth slows down. While it is wise to avoid applying fertilizer and weed control during the summer’s hottest months, there are several things you can do during the midsummer to help keep your lawn plush and healthy into the fall.
Generally it is a good idea to follow the rule of watering your lawn one inch per week but certain variables in the summer could cause your lawn to require more water. Some plants lose more water in dry or windy weather and need more than just an inch per week. Here are some ways to tell if your lawn needs more water:
- If the soil is dry up to an inch or two below the surface
- If the lawn doesn’t bounce back after stepping on it
- If the leaves on the plants show any signs of wilting
The best time to water a lawn in the summer is early in the morning before the temperature reaches its hottest. This will help keep the water from evaporating or forming fungus like it would overnight if the lawn is watered in the evening. It is also best to water your lawn thoroughly and deeply a few times as opposed to lightly and often.
Midsummer is the best time to mow your lawn at the highest recommended mowing height. The taller grass blades provide more shade to the ground which keeps the roots cooler and minimizes water evaporation from the soil.
When the temperatures are at their hottest, it is generally best to avoid fertilization. The heat will cause the chemicals in fertilizer to burn the lawn which will result in discoloration. Organic fertilizer is a much better option in the summer because it contains fewer chemicals and is slow release but it is still better to wait until later in the season to resume fertilization. However, flowers and vegetable plants still need fertilization through the summer. The applications to these plants should be light using fertilizer with low nitrogen content.
Weeds continue to grow and pose problems throughout the summer heat so weeding should continue to be done. However, many weed killers can also be harmful to the grass on a warm day and kill the lawn along with the weeds. Hand pulling weeds is the best option in midsummer.
Midsummer is the time of season when grubs begin hatching in a lawn. Grubs are beetle larvae that hatch in the soil and feed on the roots, causing patches of the grass on the surface to become detached and discolored. The easiest way to check for grubs is to pull the damaged layers of the lawn back and look for them in the soil. If you have a grub problem in your lawn, you may want to use grub control around this time.