Summer heat can take a toll on grass, particularly if a lawn care program has fallen short. Mowing too low, watering too little or too much, or ignoring any signs of pests and the garden can quickly turn lackluster.
The Right Height to Mow
A lawn care service in Port St. Lucie will always adjust the mower height to leave the grass taller during the summer. The taller grass shades the soil, reducing water evaporation and creating deeper roots which in turn prevent weed seeds from germinating. The ideal height varies depending on grass type.
For healthy grass, lawns must be watered frequently and deeply. A professional lawn care service can advise on a watering schedule during the summer.
Treat for Beetles
Beetles lay eggs on the grass in early to mid-summer, and those eggs hatch into grubs. Talk to a lawn care service to determine the best time to put down bug control.
Clean Up After the Dog
The family pooch can cause dead spots on the grass. If a homeowner notices dying grass as a result of a dog urinating on it, flush the area with water, which will dilute urine into the soil. One of the best solutions is to create a pebbled or mulch area and train the dog to use that area to do its business.
Don’t Park on the Lawn
Parking on the grass, or driving over it, is a bad idea. It can lead to soil compaction, which in turn causes a host of other issues, such as dead grass. During times of excessive heat and drought, it is also advisable to limit foot traffic on the lawn to avoid damaging the turf crowns.
Follow the above steps to keep the lawn in top condition this summer.