How to Maintain Your Lawn in the Heat
It’s not easy to keep your grass looking green year-round. The summer is particularly brutal, and if you’re not careful, grass can easily dry out.
So, how do you mitigate against the heat? A landscaping company can help, but there are also several tips you should keep in mind.
Make Sure You’ve Chose the Right Grass for Your Environment
The first step to caring for your grass is ensuring you have the right kind of grass for your environment.
Experts often divide grasses into two major categories:
- Warm Season Grasses are particularly resilient against heat.
- Cool Season Grasses are more resistant to below-freezing temperatures, though they can typically handle higher temperatures in the right setting.
It’s often useful to speak with a local landscaping expert, since they’ll be able to tell you which grass species tolerate the temperatures and pests of your environment, while also growing well in the soil.
That said, these are a few of the grass species that are well-known for their endurance against the heat:
- Centipede Grass
- Zoysia Grass
Make Sure Your Grass is Getting Enough Water
Dehydration is one of the leading causes of browning grass. The key is to mimic the natural hydration patterns that cause grass to look green, even when the weather isn’t cooperating. That means providing plenty of water several times a week, without making it a daily habit.
Make Sure You’re Watering Your Grass at the Right Time
Along with making sure that your grass is getting enough water, you need to make sure you’re watering it at the right time. If you water it when the sun is at its peak, evaporation will prevent your lawn from properly absorbing the water. For this reason, it’s generally recommended that you should water your grass before 10 AM.
You also want to make sure you’re paying attention to the weather. It’s easy to accidentally irrigate your grass when it’s raining, since many properties use automatic systems.
Don’t Mow Your Grass Too Short
Your grass doesn’t need to be shorter than three inches. Once you mow past this length, you deprive grass of the ability to properly absorb moisture. If you’re having trouble keeping your grass green, it can be worthwhile to keep your grass a bit longer.
The longer your grass, the less often you need to water it. This helps prepare it for heat and drought.
Weeds are problematic in large part because they absorb the nutrients and moisture that could otherwise go to desirable foliage. By regularly removing weeds, you can ensure that you’re maximizing the moisture your lawn does get, even during periods of heat and drought.
Give It Time
While the above tips should help you keep your grass looking green all year round, it’s important to note that brown grass isn’t necessarily a problem. It's natural for grass to look brown during the hottest months of the year.
The above tips are designed to help you keep your grass looking its best all year round, but if you’re struggling to keep it green, you can rest easy knowing that brown grass can survive a drought for several weeks.
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