Beating the Summer Heat
School is out. Picnics and vacations are scheduled. And, life has slowed down a bit for most.
Summertime also comes with a lot of outdoor responsibilities for homeowners; 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 how to help keep the grass green on your side of the fence!
“Why is my grass brown?”
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.
Soil PH Balance
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.
We have a 5-Step Lawn Health Program:
1- Crab Grass
2- Spring Broad Leaf
3-Grub Control and Insects
4- Fall Broad Leaf
Does your soil need tested?
Is your lawn in need of fertilizing treatments?
We are here to help!
Give us a call at 717-275-2850 or click here to schedule and let us help your lawn beat the summer heat!