Ways To Care For Your Yard In Extreme Heat Condition's

1. Don’t Cut Too Short

Cutting your grass too short limits your plants’ ability to produce energy for growth. When grass is cut to a proper height it develops stronger roots that allow for more support and make them more tolerant of stress.

2. Stick To The 1/3 Rule

When cutting your grass in the heat, try to stick to the 1/3 Rule: Never remove more than 1/3 of grass height at one time. By sticking to this rule, your lawn is kept cooler because less plant tissue is removed. This allows your lawn to thrive and avoid stress.

3. Limit Watering

Many people still water their lawns after rainfall. In general, grass manages better when soil is on the dry side rather than wet. When soil is consistently wet it can cause many problems for both the plants and soil organisms. Wet soil deprives plant roots of oxygen and makes them more susceptible to disease. Try to avoid watering daily. Lawns only need 1″ of water per week including rainfall. Try to water deeply and infrequently. Watering deeply means wetting the entire root zone. Watering infrequently means only watering when the grass is dry. Try to water early in the morning when your lawn can get the full benefit of hydration before the sun dries it out by mid-day. Watering in the evening leaves the water standing overnight with nothing to dry it up which can lead to mold and fungus.

4. Don’t Mow In A Drought

Try to avoid mowing during the stress of a drought. Lawns have limited capabilities to recover from mowing during drought and it can actually cause even more damage. During a drought, try to mow after a rainfall or after an irrigation day. Try to resist mowing while the grass is still wet to avoid clumping.

5. Avoid Fertilizer

Although fertilizing your lawn might seem like a good idea, it is actually best to avoid it during the hot summer months. In the summer, grass consumes more energy than they produce. Fertilizer actually promotes growth which causes the grass to consume even more energy which causes more stress on your already taxed lawn. It’s best to fertilize in the fall as part of your winter lawn prep.

6. Minimize Traffic

Foot traffic on already stressed grass can beat down the blades which prevents them from springing back. Try to avoid foot traffic on your lawn, if possible. You may consider laying down stepping stones to help people avoid walking on your grass.

7. Pest Control

Insects and disease are more prevalent in the summer months. Some common lawn pests include chinch bugs, sod webworms, army worms, fire ants, and fleas. Fungal diseases like mildew and brown patch are also common in the summer. To avoid pests and fungus, try to water in the early morning and avoid nighttime watering. If necessary, apply a fungicide on a mild day when the extreme heat has passed.

Hope some of these proactive ways help your yard while we are experiencing extreme heat conditions. Contact us today!