The heat is on is the Treasure Valley and people’s lawns are showing signs of stress. We have provided some tips below to help you keep your lawn healthy in this hot weather.
Water – One of the mistakes we see is that people tend to either overwater or underwater their lawns. Remember that turf grasses actually do better if managed on the dry side rather than wet. If you overwater and your grass is constantly wet your grass roots will become deprived of oxygen and become more susceptible to disease. Less frequent but longer periods of watering will promote deeper roots that will help your lawn weather the heat. One of inch of water per week is recommended for healthy grass. And remember that if you are watering, it is best to do it the morning between 6 am and 10 am to avoid as much evaporation as possible and give the lawn time to dry out before nightfall.
Mowing – It’s important to keep your blades sharp, a clean cut will heal faster than grass that is damaged by dull blades. Remember that longer is better in the summer heat. If you normally cut your grass to 2.5 inches, raise the height to 3 inches. This will help the lawn stay cooler and develop stronger roots to withstand the stress of the heat. If possible, return clippings to the lawn by using a mower that mulches rather than bags the cut grass. The clippings will actually act as a fertilizer as they decompose.
Fertilization/Weed Control – In the heat of summer fertilization and weed control should be limited by need because of the heat. If your lawn has issues with insects or weeds treatment will definitely benefit it. If your lawn has been properly treated in the spring and fall it will tolerate the heat more easily. Season long care of you lawn that includes fertilization and weed control will produce a healthy lawn that is able to withstand the stress of extreme heat. If you lawn is stressed from the heat and dry make sure you limit activity. When you walk on a dry lawn you can actually damage it and it won’t spring back like a well-watered lawn.
If your lawn still doesn’t seem to be thriving in the heat even with healthy practices (watering, mowing, and fertilization/weed control) it may be time to consider overseeding. Fall is the best time to seed your lawn and there are many seed varieties available to fit the conditions of your lawn, whether your property gets lots of sun or shade, has high traffic, or sandy soil. Picking the right seed is important in order to meet the conditions of the lawn as well as match the existing turf.
At Organic Solutions! We have been in the business of helping people in Boise, Idaho and surrounding areas keep their lawns healthy since 2000. If you need help with weekly mowing, sprinkler repair, or weed control/fertilization, give us a call for a free estimate on our services, 208-884-8986.
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