Between March & November, we visit your lawn 5-7 times to provide lawn and soil treatments.
Our services play an important role in the health of your lawn, but are only effective if the weekly and daily lawn related tasks are handled properly.
A sustainable lawn goes beyond fertilizer. Reducing water and carbon emissions are a top priority of our clients and these tips will help you reduce both while keeping a healthy lawn:
1 Mow minimum 3.75-4 inches.
Between June/ July/ August, your lawn is not growing at the rate it was this Spring. It is naturally conserving its energy and resources to handle the harsh temperatures during the Summer. Give it a break by letting the grass grow tall to provide shade for the soil below. This will help retain soil moisture which is the most important resource in the summer months!
TIP It can be difficult to get landscape companies to take the extra couple mins to raise the height of the mowing deck so ask them to skip a cut every other week to allow the grass to maintain its height!
2 Make sure to provide 1-1.5 inches of water weekly.
The grass in your lawn can naturally tolerate a certain amount of drought or heat stress, but it can do better! Watering DEEP and Infrequently trains roots to follow water deeper into the soil profile where soil moisture remains more consistent.
SUMMER HEAT = HIGHER EVAPORATION RATES!
Daily watering results in water that never penetrates further than the surface rootzone. Lawns with shallow grassroots are more susceptible to drought/ heat stress along with disease!
OLD SCHOOL TURF TIP Trying to determine how long you need to water to achieve 1 inch of water? Place an empty tuna can in your lawn, set a timer and run your sprinklers. The time it takes to fill the tun can (1 inch) is how long you will want to run your sprinklers on a weekly basis.
3 Sharpen Mower Baldes.
Keeping in mind that during the Summer your lawn is preserving its resources, it is important to give your lawn a “clean cut”. Dull mower blades tear the tissue off the blades of grass and require more energy and resources to repair itself. Consistent mowing with dull blades may also accelerate heat stress and disease.
We hope all our clients are using their lawn as much as possible! Be mindful of how long you leave objects in one place for an extended period of time to avoid burnt out areas! Inflatable pools are the number one culprit for summer dead spots and typically result in the need for repair. Be proactive by rotating large objects through out the day or week!
Nature rarely works in straight lines and that 8ft x 6ft yellow rectangle is not a fungus : )