How to Handle your Yard in the Heat
When the time of year comes around that makes you not even want to leave your front door, you tend to start worrying about how your lawn is going to handle the extreme temperatures. Luckily, nature tends to deal with such things better than people do, but there are still some steps that you can take to help your lawn weather the heat.
Just a Little Off the Top
While you might be inclined to give your grass a big hair cut so that you don’t feel the need to mow as often, you’ll actually be harming your lawn’s overall health. Trimming the grass too short can stifle its ability to produce energy, which can then stifle new growth. When deciding how short to cut your grass, a good thing to keep in mind is the one-third rule; this rule states that you should not remove more than one-third of the grass stem each time you cut it. That means that if your grass has gotten all the way up to 6 inches, don’t trim it down to below 4 inches tall no matter how much you want to go straight to having short grass again.
Too Much of a Good Thing
Don’t be tempted to overwater your grass during the hot summer months — doing so actually creates an environment that is beneficial to fungus growth and can starve the roots of oxygen. If you’re unsure of how much to water, always err on the side of a little dry versus too wet. It is better to water your lawn for longer periods of time less frequently so that the deep roots can get water yet the entire root system can still get enough oxygen in between watering sessions.
Pair proper cutting with the correct amount of water and make sure your mower blades stay sharp, and you’ll be well on your way to helping your lawn handle extreme heat. To make sure your lawn stays looking its best all year long, contact the experts at Fit Turf to learn more about our Groundskeeper Plus Complete Care Program.