How To Keep Your Grass Healthy In The Atlanta Summer
We don’t have to say it – it’s hot in Atlanta! With summer temperatures peaking in the high 90s and low 100s, summer in Atlanta can be pretty rough for your grass – even if you have specialized warm-weather turf.
But with a few simple techniques and some sound advice, you can keep your lawn happy and healthy – even throughout the brutal heat of an Atlanta summer! Read on, and find out how!
- Mow High – With A Sharp Blade
Your grass needs to have long, healthy blades in order to stay cool in the summer, and photosynthesize using the sun’s rays.
If you cut your grass too short (sometimes known as scalping), you can damage the ability of your grass to absorb nutrients – and if the dirt underneath is exposed to excessive heat, it can dry out and cause serious lawn problems.
If you have warm weather grass like Fescue or Zoysia, aim for a height of around 2.5-3 inches. Also, ensure that your lawnmower blade is nice and sharp – a nice sharp cut reduces the moisture loss that can occur when a dull blade crushes your grass.
- Avoid Excessive Foot Traffic
If you have stressed areas of your lawn, try to minimize foot traffic, if at all possible. Excessive foot traffic can cause soil compaction and tear apart your grass at the root. If you don’t have one, consider installing a walking path so that you can get around your yard while keeping off your grass.
- Brown Grass Isn’t The End Of The World
When grass goes brown, it’s not dead – it’s simply gone dormant. Proper hydration can stop your grass from going dormant due to heat, but if you fail to evenly water your lawn, you’ll get some brown spots.
This is fine – the grass is healthy, and will recover once the weather cools. It just takes time. Overwatering a brown spot won’t help – in fact, it can further stress the grass by depleting it of its remaining nutritional reserves as it snaps out of dormancy.
- Feel Free To Feed Your Lawn – Unless It’s Already Stressed
If desired, you can use fertilizer or lawn food to provide your lawn with the extra nutrition it needs to get through the summer. However, if your lawn is overstressed and has turned brown and dormant, fertilizer won’t help.
- Don’t Overwater!
Warm weather grasses like Bermuda, Zoysia, and Fescue that are common in Atlanta require only 1-1.5 inches of water per week to remain healthy, even in the heat.
Overwatering can cause you to “drown” the roots of your grass – this is especially dangerous if you’re watering brown patches of your lawn that have gone dormant.
Distribute water evenly, and try to water only once or twice per week. Doing so provides your grass with plenty of hydration, and reduces the risk of water-caused damage to the roots and blades.
Brown Summer Grass Got You Down? Contact O’Neill Landscapes Today!
If your lawn has seen better days, and is struggling to cope with the heat, call the lawn restoration professionals at O’Neill Landscapes today.
We can assess your lawn, provide you with a customized lawncare plan, and help you restore your grass to health – or we can replace your grass with brand-new warm weather sod, and give you a fresh start!
So contact us now, and see how we can help you get a gorgeous, lush lawn that can stand up to the Atlanta heat!