Summertime is the time of year when, as a homeowner, you get to sit back and watch all that hard work you put into your yard pay off in full. That is, assuming you’ve taken good care of it throughout the spring. But what if you missed a step? Or worse, what if an unexpected condition or event pops up right at the peak of your yard’s glory? Your beloved lawn may start looking like hay before you know it. What’s a homeowner to do? First of all, don’t panic! While nobody wants a brown lawn during warm weather months, there are plenty of steps you can take to reverse damage caused by summer stressors and keep your lawn looking green from now until next spring.
Check the soil moisture level before watering. Water early in the day, when temperatures are cooler. Use a sprinkler or soaker hose to water more efficiently, and avoid watering at night when temperatures are hottest and can evaporate moisture from your lawn. A drip irrigation system is another option that’s less likely to waste water because it delivers water directly to thirsty roots rather than spraying it into overhead leaves where it will be lost through evaporation or runoff. If you don’t have a sprinkler timer yet, consider getting one! They’re cheap and make life so much easier! You’ll never forget to turn on your sprinklers again!
Mowing your lawn at the proper height is essential to keeping an eye on how much stress it’s experiencing. In this case, “proper” means keeping your grass as short as possible – but not so short that it looks like a golf course!
This means mowing often enough to keep the grass short and prevent it from growing too long and creating that thick, shaggy look. You don’t want your yard looking like it belongs in Sleepy Hollow: the longer blades of grass will block sunlight and trap moisture, causing both shade spots and puddles where they collect. This can lead to fungal or bacterial growth that weakens plant stems—not ideal when you’re trying to prevent stress!
To avoid this issue (as well as having unsightly patches), cut at least once a week for every inch of height on your lawn. That may sound like a lot if you have thick turfgrass; however even if yours isn’t quite so lush—or even if yours is just starting out—it’s still important not only because lengthier blades mean more shade but also because these lack nutrients needed for healthy growth which leads into our next point…
Fertilizing in the summer is important because it can help prevent brown lawns and it can also help repair them. When you fertilize in the summer, you are providing your grass with nutrients that it needs to photosynthesize, which results in healthy and green grass.
If you are having issues with disease or insect damage, fertilizing will help remedy this problem too! Fertilizers have nutrients that act as antifungal agents against fungus growth on your lawn (fungi thrive off of dead organic material). They also contain nematocides (pesticides) that kill insects such as grubs or chinch bugs.
Aeration is the process of removing plugs of soil, which leaves holes in your lawn. The main reasons to aerate are to increase water and air flow (to prevent stress), break up thatch, improve drainage and reduce compaction.
It’s recommended to aerate your lawn once per year in the springtime while it’s still dormant. Aerating too early can cause damage to new growth or grass seedlings, so be sure not to do this before June!
Aeration should be done by hand for small areas (less than 10% of total square footage) or with a machine for larger areas such as entire yards or large sections like along sidewalks and streets. To learn more about how to do it yourself check out our blog post on DIY Aeration Tools here: https://www.landscapingnetworkincorporatedcom/.
- Overseeding is the best way to repair your lawn after summer damage.
- Choose a seed mix that is appropriate for your area, and overseed in late fall or early spring.
- The most important thing to remember is that it’s always better to do too little than too much when it comes to seeding.
Removing existing vegetation and weeds
Removing existing vegetation and weeds:
- Weeds are a sign of poor soil and lack of nutrients. To fix this issue, you’ll need to add compost or fertilizer to your lawn, which should get rid of the weeds.
If you’ve got an especially large area affected by weeds, it may be worth it to hire a professional landscaper who can use chemicals like Roundup or other herbicides to kill them off completely (and avoid having more weeds grow back).
Stressful conditions in summer can turn your lawn brown, but you can prevent it and fix it.
Summer is the worst time of year for lawn stress. A variety of factors, from too much heat to not enough sun, can contribute to brown spots in your lush green grass. But there are ways to prevent and repair summer damage that will keep your lawn looking its best all season long.
When it’s hot out, it’s easy for a lawn to be overworked by excessive heat and water; this can cause brown patches on your grass (also known as “summer patch”). Lawns also tend to turn yellow in late summer when they’re getting less sunlight than usual—the same thing happens if you don’t provide adequate shade for your garden. In addition, fertilizer applied too heavily or improperly can contribute to stressed-out turf conditions that result in discoloration of individual blades of grass or large areas of the yard altogether!
Now you know how to prevent and fix lawns that have been damaged during the summer. It is important to remember that lawns that are watered, mowed, fertilized, aerated, overseeded and free of weeds will look great all year long.