Summer Lawn Care: The Dos & Do nots

Everyone wants grass that looks like the front page cover of any home magazine. Fighting for the classic best lawn award that your neighborhood gives out isn’t the easiest thing in the world tho. Summer Lawn Care can be tricky, lawns can be tricky to do correctly, and everyone has their own opinion on what works. This blog will break down the dos and do nots of your summer lawn care to make it easier for you this summer. Above all hopefully, your lawn will begin to look magazine picture ready.

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Your soil is too compacted

Firstly, Did you know any foot traffic on your lawn as well as any machinery including your lawnmower can compact your soil? Some of the bigger lawnmowers even weigh 1000 pounds and when it is going over the grass it is also compacting the soil. Thus, this causes the soil particles to be pressed together which restricts the nutrients the soil gets. If your soil is compacted, have it aerated once a year, or as needed.

Overwatering

Secondly, If you are unsure how much to water your grass just know you are not alone. Surprisingly, The National Association of Landscape Professionals says that 1/3 of Americans have no idea how much water their grass needs. Grass only typically needs about an inch of water a week. An easy way to measure this is to get a rain gauge and stick it on your lawn. This way you can track how much natural water you are getting thru rainfalls and adjust your sprinkle system accordingly.

Cutting it too short

Thirdly, Mowing a lawn properly is tricky. You have to make sure you don’t cut it too short. When you cut it too short, you are essentially leaving too little of the grass blade. And with that grass isn’t going to get the proper nutrition it needs. However your grass is a plant, and plants need food to grow and thrive. Remember the 1/3 rule: Only cut 1/3 of the grass length in one singular mow. Do not try and catch up all at once if you get behind. But you need to separate it in multiple mows, only cutting the 1/3 length each time. Below are the 4 most common type of grasses and their ideal grass height.

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bermuda
centipede
zoysia
bahia
st augustine
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pest control
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Cutting it with dull blades

In addition, This is probably one of the easiest fixes. Certainly, if the blades on your lawnmower are dull this is going to affect the health and look of your lawn. You want to make sure your blades stay as sharp as possible so they are getting a clean cut. The dull blades will cause the grass to tear instead of being cut. In conclusion, This will result in a brownish tint to your grass and can end up killing it over time if not corrected.

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