Summertime is that time of year where school is out for the season, picnics and vacations are scheduled, and life is at a bit of a slowed pace.
Summertime also comes with a lot of outdoor responsibilities for homeowners; mowing, mulching, weed pulling, etc. And as the dry temperatures and humidity rise, the moisture lessens and without rain – grass sometimes turns brown!
This blog will give some tips on grass, mowing and what to do to help keep the grass green on your side of the fence!
We often get asked if the lawn has died because the grass has turned brown. But that is not the case. Grass protects itself by going into dormancy during extended periods of hot dry weather. And don’t worry – with rain and cooler temperatures, the grass will green up again.
It is important that cool season grasses (which are those planted in our climate) not be cut shorter than 3 inches!
This is even more crucial during the summer months when the weather turns hot and dry.
Did you know, grass roots will only grow as deep as the length of the blade of grass? The taller grass help to shade the ground by keeping it cooler and conserving moisture. It is important to keep your lawn watered regularly during the summer’s extended dry periods. We recommend watering the grass 2-3 times a week and this can be done by using a sprinkler.
For new grass, it is important to water more frequently. For the first few weeks, new grass should be watered daily for 30 minutes. Keep in mind, it is best to water in the early morning or late evening.
Knowing your soil’s pH balance allows our team of professionals to know what lawn applications are best needed for your yard. By using a tool called the core soil sampler, we can get a centralized sample to test the pH balance and determine what next steps are needed to treat your lawn.
When it comes to lawn fertilization – it is recommended to hire a professional! Our crew is trained, certified and knowledgeable on how to provide the best lawn care. If fertilization and pesticide treatments are not applied properly, there could be negative effects on your lawn.
At Indian Run Landscaping we have a 5-Step regimented program for our fertilizing treatments:
1- Crab Grass 2- Spring Broad Leaf 3-Grub Control and Insects
4- Fall Broad Leaf 5- Winterizer
The following is taken directly from our website on the common lawn fertilizers and additional information about each one.
Nitrogen is the nutrient that helps keep the leaf of the grass green. It should be supplied in order to favor the desired grass species growth.
Phosphorus fertilization increases seedling strength and is one factor in reducing invading weeds in newly established lawns.
Potassium is necessary for lawn growth and development. It helps the grass grow faster, be more drought resistant, fight off disease, resist pests, and grow stronger.
Lime should be applied when the soil is too acidic. If your soil has too low a pH level, it could lead to deficiencies in your lawn’s nutrient system including, low calcium, magnesium, or phosphorus. It can also increase amounts of aluminum and manganese, so much that it may kill to your grass. Liming improves plant nutrient availability and reduces toxicity problems in acid soils.
We have experienced lawn mowing crews that are trained and specialize in the individuality of each lawn. We take customer service and quality and turn it up a notch! We make sure that your grass is cut to the appropriate height, which promotes a healthy root system, and at the proper time – making sure it is able to recover from any dry spells. We even take the time to plan alternating striping patterns – which adds design and helps minimize wear on your lawn.