Summer Time Spells Death for Your Lawn, Here’s How to Protect It
It’s summer time ladies and gents! That means swimming pools, barbecues, and beach trips for you and the whole family. Summer time is about spending your days with family and friends while baking in the warm embrace of the sun. But while you’re cooking up a perfect tan, your lawn will be baking itself to death.
It’s important to remember that with all the fun of the summer time, comes excessive strain on your well manicured lawn. So between sips of fruit infused umbrella drinks and mass applications of sunscreen, you’ll need to follow these few tips to help your lawn survive the onslaught of the summer sun.
Before going to war, it’s important to know your enemy, so with that in mind, let’s talk about the primary opponents to the health of your yard. There are really three major forces that contribute to the degradation of your lawn. Heat, dryness and foot traffic all play their respective roles in wearing down the health and curb appeal of your lawn.
Additionally, bugs and weeds that are especially prevalent during the summer can choke the life from your otherwise luscious yard. So, now that we know what we’re up against, we can form a plan of defense.
For dealing with the wear and tear of the heat and dryness of summer, we recommend watering your lawn early in the morning rather than later in the day. Watering between 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM means that less will be lost to evaporation and will successfully soak into the ground, revitalizing your grass.
Additionally, if you can see that your lawn is stressed from the summer sun, it’s important to hold off on feeding it. Choked out lawns like this aren’t growing anyway, so feeding them would be a waste of resources. Instead, try to feed them before the peak of the summer, or wait until things cool down in the early fall.
What’s more, during the summer, you’re bound to host barbecues, block parties, and play dates. This means one thing for your lawn, foot traffic. We use our lawns more in the summer, so naturally, we’re going to wear them out partially ourselves. The solution, obviously, is to minimize the amount of foot traffic your yard is subjected to. This is especially important right after watering, as wet soil can be easily compacted under foot, preventing air from reaching the roots of your grass. Additionally, those pesky bugs and weeds are notorious enemies of lovely lawns. They eat and choke your yard into submission, leaving nothing but a dry patch of brittle plant matter in their wake. Because of this, maintaining a healthy regimen of weed and bug treatments is especially important throughout the summer.
Feeling a little overwhelmed? No worries, your Roswell, GA landscaping professionals at O’Neill Landscape Group can more than handle your summertime turf care. We manage lawns throughout the area on a weekly basis, and there’s no other Roswell, GA landscaping service that can provide a comparable level of turf care. You want to relax this summer, we want to work, so kick back another cold one and watch as O’Neill Landscape Group restores your lawn to its fullest beauty.