19 Jul Keeping your lawn beautiful during summer
As spring warmth gives way to summer heat in Jacksonville NC, don’t forget to give your lawn some extra tender loving care. The average July temperatures in the area tend to be in the high 80s, and rarely rise above 95 degrees.
First, the basics on grasses. What kind do you have?
According to the Today’s Homeowner website, there are two basic types of grasses. They are:
Cool-season grasses -These grasses include fescue, rye, and blue grass, and they thrive when temperatures are in the 60s.
Warm-season grasses – The grass types that thrive in warmer temperatures include St. Augustine, Berumda, Zoysia and Centipede. Ideal temperatures for these grasses are in the 70s.
As temperatures rise above 80 degrees, your grass may experience some stress, especially if you have a cool-season grass. This grass type may grow more slowly, fade in color, and some types may even go dormant, looking brown and brittle, during the hot summer months. However, it will generally recover fall arrives.
4 Watering tips for healthy lawns
- You should put at least an inch of water on your lawn every week. If the heat goes really high, your lawn will need even more water. If you want to measure the amount of water your lawn is actually getting from watering or rainfall, a small tuna can placed on your lawn serves as a valuable water gauge.
- Water your lawn either early in the morning or late in the evening to prevent evaporation. This schedule can also prevent fungus growth.
- If you want your grass to withstand drought by developing deep roots, water deeply, but less frequently.
- If you’re not going to be able to water your lawn regularly, let it go dormant until fall by not watering it at all. If your lawn has gone dormant, don’t try to “water it back to life”. It should recover in the fall.
Don’t cut the grass too low. The best length for warm-season grasses is 2″-3″; cool-season grasses do best at a length of 3″-4″, especially during the summer. Additionally, make sure that your mower blades are sharp so that your mower is actually cutting the grass and not tearing it. This will reduce on stress on your lawn during the summer.
Here are some advantages to taller grass in the summer:
- It will grow deeper roots, making it more drought-tolerant.
- The taller grass will also shade the soil, preventing the growth of weed seeds.
- Additionally, if you use your grass clippings as mulch, moisture levels will remain consistent.
If you do use fertilizer on your lawn, only use the organic kind, not chemical. Organic fertilizer releases more naturally and slowly. Additionally, it is less likely to burn your lawn or pollute the environment. It’s best not to fertilize your lawn during the heat of summer, and definitely DO NOT over-fertilize your lawn because that can burn it.
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