Summer can be one of the most difficult times of the year for lawns, especially when living in one of the warmer climates. While summer is a time of flowers for many lawns, it is also a time of less manicured grass for many different problems that can lead to stress and poor health. With a few simple lawns, we should be able to improve all lawns as they navigate through the hottest months of the year.
Best Practice Lawn Watering
Irrigation is of course the most important aspect of peat health in the summer. Proper lawn watering practices will allow a lawn to send roots much deeper into the soil profile, past the evaporation level at the top of the soil, which will make our turf more warm and drought tolerant.
We can slowly train our lawn to create a deep root system by only watering the lawn when it shows signs of leaf wilt, and then giving the lawn a deep drink of water at that time. This is an easy method to grow a deep root system for all grass.
Fertilizer lawns in spring
A home plate that is healthy before summer arrives is a far better solution to obtaining a healthy summer lawn than if we had to wait until summer arrives and then try to create a healthy lawn. The same goes for winter nursing.
Peat fertilization must occur before the beginning of the two hardest seasons, summer and winter. So we want to make sure that we have fertilized with a high quality fertilizer before the beginning of the summer, so that the lawn is at its highest health when the heat arrives.
The importance of proper summer mowing
Loss of moisture in soil is responsible for the majority of peat problems in the summer. As already mentioned, we can greatly improve this situation by watering properly to promote deep root growth, but we can also help the soil further by reducing the amount of water lost by evaporation in the summer sun.
While a strong, healthy lawn that grows in full sunlight can be shortened, for most lawns that are less than perfect, their biggest health benefit in the summer can come from increasing lawn height. This increase in the length of the lawn shades and insulates the soil against further moisture loss, resulting in less heat stress for the lawn.
The same principle of insulating the soil against moisture loss can be added further by mowing the lawn. Whereby the lawns are recycled back into the lawn instead of being collected and thrown. Reusing lawn mowers not only insulates the lawn against moisture loss, but they are an incredible source of nutrients that can be fed back to the lawn instead of relying on the expense and hassle of having to use so much lawn fertilizer.
Lawn weeds and pest control
Some treatments for lawn pests and weeds can be harsh on the lawn, especially those used by the homeowner and not by a lawn.
Avoid treating weeds or pests using chemical pesticides on the hottest days of summer. Instead of waiting for milder days with such spraying, or better yet, try treating pests and weeds in the spring before summer arrives.