Now that the hotter months are here, there are lots of things you can do to keep your lawn healthy (and green) all summer long. Here are some great tips that will help you to create a backyard oasis.
- Remove any thatch that blocks the sunlight. Thatch is made up of both dead and living grass which can prevent sunlight and nutrients from reaching the soil. In the hotter months, this will prevent healthy growth.
- Maintain your lawn at an appropriate height. During the summer months, it’s best to keep your grass at a high length to help retain water and provide shade for the roots. A good rule of thumb is to never cut more than one-third of the blade length when mowing.
- To give you lawn a boost, use fertilizer. If lawn growth has slowed, apply fertilizer with nitrogen according to label directions – you will need one pound of nitrogen for every 1,000-square feet of lawn.
- The right amount of watering is critical. Plan now for how you will manage your lawn and plants when heat and possible drought conditions of summer set in. For example, you may want to avoid planting an over-abundance of summer annuals, which require a lot of water.