Winters in Latrobe can be brutal. But you’ve been patient, and now summer is finally here—time to enjoy family picnics, barbecues, and outdoor fun. How do you keep your landscape in prime condition all summer long without interruption between busy schedules and excessive foot traffic? At LawnRx, we know a thing or two about lawn care, and we have a few tips and tricks we’re willing to share to help you keep your yard in tip-top shape this warm season.
During the summers in Latrobe, we can experience weeks of dry, hot weather where our grass turns an unsightly shade of brown. Don’t panic. It doesn’t mean your turf has died or is unhealthy. It’s normal for our cool-season grasses to go dormant when suffering from drought stress. And unless the conditions become too extreme, typically, your turf will bounce back as soon as the rain comes and cooler air returns. Still, there are a few things we can do to help keep our lawn green and looking fresh throughout the summer. Let’s discover a few.
How to Keep Your Grass Green in the Summer
1. Deep, Infrequent Watering
First, water your lawn. This may sound obvious, but believe it or not, there is more to watering your grass than one may think. During these dog days of summer, you should water your grass with a thorough soaking at infrequent intervals, mimicking patterns of rainfall. This will help strengthen your roots, making them stronger and your blades thicker.
And always water in the morning.
The best time to water is before the sun comes up because it will help to stop water from evaporating into the air. You also want to give the sun time to dry the grass blades. You want to avoid watering at night because the moisture that sits overnight can create a breeding ground for bacteria.
2. Mow Your Grass Higher
Second, mow your grass a bit higher. Longer grass will allow for longer roots to grow, which can reach more moisture in the soil even when the weather is hot and dry. To keep your grass strong, healthy, and green, never cut it to less than about 3” or 3 ½ inches long. And always remember the general rule of thumb when mowing your lawn–never cut more than a third of your lawn’s total height at any time.
3. Provide Your Grass With Nourishment
Third, feed your lawn. Like all living things, your grass needs nourishment to survive. Over time, soil loses nutrients. Fertilizing your lawn helps put these elements back into the ground, allowing your grass to grow deeper, stronger, and healthier. More robust grass will also become thicker and more green.
It takes about six to eight weeks for the microbes in the soil to process the nutrients. So you will want to start your lawn fertilization in the early spring to ensure it’s fully nourished for the hot weather.
4. Prevent and Control Weeds
Fourth, keep those weeds at bay. Weeds are opportunistic plants that like to steal the nutrients, sunlight, and water from your turf. Invest in professional weed control, hand pull the weeds, or spray the weeds with a selective herbicide. Just be sure to buy an herbicide that targets the weeds but leaves the grass undamaged.
If you want to be proactive, you can follow this up with a pre-emergent spray to help prevent new weeds from sprouting.
5. Prevent Lawn Damaging Grubs
If you’re noticing patchy brown spots only in certain areas, it is possible that your turf is suffering from something other than drought. Tiny insects called grubs like to invade our turfs this time of year, and bury their eggs deep within the soil. When they hatch, they are hungry little pests and begin feasting on our roots.
Besides brown patches, other signs of grubs include:
- Spongy areas of grass
- Areas of grass that tend to pull up easily along the edges
- An abundance of moles or other wildlife snacking in your yard
Eventually, over time, if too much root damage occurs from the young larvae’s feasting, your grass will wither, turn brown and die.
Grub damage often mimics the same conditions caused by drought and various lawn diseases. Therefore we recommend having it analyzed by a professional. LawnRx offers both a preventive to help prevent lawn munching grubs and treatment in case they have already launched an attack.
Benefits of Lawn Care
As mentioned above, lawn fertilization is an essential part of lawn care and the key to a durable, healthy, sustainable turf. Fertilizing on a routine basis helps to ensure your lawn is strong enough to withstand threats from lawn-damaging diseases and insects. When you maintain your landscape, you are not only making it more aesthetically pleasing to the eye, you are also increasing your property value.
But remembering when to fertilize your lawn and how much to use can be a time-consuming and daunting task. Add into the mix weed prevention and control, and not only do you have a full-time job on your hands but handling it all can become quite costly.
Professional Lawn Care
Leave the lawn care up to the professionals. Why? For several reasons.
- A professional lawn care company such as LawnRx houses trained and certified lawn care technicians who are knowledgeable on all things lawn care and weed control.
- Not only does utilizing a professional lawn care company save you time, but it puts your lawn routine on a consistent schedule.
- Lawn care companies have access to equipment and products most homeowners do not.
- Lastly, it will also save you from having to utilize and maintain your own lawn mower and who doesn’t like that?
Call LawnRx for Lawn Care
At LawnRx, not only do we know how to keep your lawn green, our staff has the experience and knowledge needed to tackle lawn care quickly and efficiently. With our comprehensive lawn fertilization and other packages, you not only save time but your hard-earned money.
Our lawn care program starts in the spring and includes five-timed applications containing the precise amount of fertilizer your turf needs with the right amount of weed control to keep it well-manicured. It consists of a grub control preventive in the late spring to help stop these hungry pests from destroying your lawn. With applications in the summer and fall, your yard will remain well cared for all season long.