As we move into the hottest part of the year, it’s time to take another look at your lawn care habits and make sure you’re using the best practices to keep your lawn looking healthy and green through the hot summer months.
We’ve noted in the past how important it is to adjust your lawn care tactics seasonally. For instance, allowing your lawn to rest in the winter, and taking the opportunity while it’s dormant to apply pre-emergents to eliminate weeds in the spring. So, here are some tips designed to keep your lawn lush and healthy through the hot Northwest Florida summer:
As you might expect, proper watering and irrigation is key to your lawn’s health during the summer. It is during this peak growing season that every blade of grass is soaking up as much moisture as it can and hoarding it to stay hydrated as the sun beats down throughout the long days.
We tend to get about twice as much rain during the summer as we do in the winter, but even that amount may not be enough to keep your lawn properly hydrated throughout the whole summer. The best bet is to set up an automatic sprinkler or hose irrigation system on a timer that is also programmed to automatically turn off if it is raining.
To give your grass the very best, water in the morning so the excessive heat doesn't evaporate the water too quickly. Apply water for long enough to provide between ½ inch and ¾ inch to the entire lawn about twice a week. It's important to remember to adjust your irrigation based on local rainfall.
Too little water, and you can see your lawn start to dry up and fade. Too much, and you could be inviting disease, pest infestation, and excessive weeds. So keep a sharp eye on how much water your lawn needs at various times throughout the summer and stick to a plan.
Keeping your lawn properly fertilized goes a long way to making it look great and strengthening it in the face of pest damage, disease, and the wear and tear of daily exposure to the elements. Timing is important for fertilizing, not just so the grass gets the full benefit of the fertilizer, but to keep the fertilizer from causing any unexpected environmental problems.
The frequency, the amount you use per treatment, and the type of fertilizer you choose will all be determined by the type of grass you have and other specific factors unique to your lawn. To ensure you are properly fertilizing your lawn, call your Pensacola lawn care company to assist.
While your grass is constantly growing during the summer, keeping up with the mowing is important for the look and health of your lawn. Based on the type of grass in your lawn, adjust your mowing height to keep it at its optimal length. For St. Augustine, that’s 3”-4”; for Zoysia and Centipede grass, 1.5”-2.5” is better; and for Bermuda grass, .5”-1.5” is best.
In all cases, you should plan to mow often enough that you’re never removing more than 1/3 of the leaf blade to achieve these heights. If you’ve missed a mowing and the grass is too long, raise your deck and cut it high, then go back over it again at a lower height the next time.
Following these best practices, you should be able to enjoy a lush, green, healthy lawn all summer long. For more information on seasonal lawn care for the Northwest Florida area, download our free guide or contact us today.