Summer is on the horizon and longer, hotter, and dryer days will be here before we know it! Prepare your lawn for summer conditions with proper lawn care and drought-tolerant grass seed to endure the summer heat.
Your foundation: drought-tolerant grass seed
Planting high-quality turf or native grass that can take the heat is essential for lawns that experience hot, dry summers in many southwest regions. Whether you’re planting a new lawn or touching up areas that have become patchy since last summer, you’ll want to use a quality seed that will perform well in higher temperatures and require lower water usage.
In the weeks leading up to summer, we recommend doing some spring cleaning around your yard. From clearing debris that’s collected over the winter to giving your sprinkler system a test, mid to late spring is a great time to get ahead on your summer yard work and planting.
Depending on the level of foot traffic your lawn receives, your lawn may need to be aerated to allow water and nutrients to reach the root system more efficiently. Warm-season grasses will typically be aerated in early spring.
Treat weeds & spread fertilizer
Let’s be honest, who wants to deal with those pesky weeds this summer? Apply a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent weed seeds like crabgrass and dandelions from germinating. And we can’t forget the role that fertilizer plays in achieving a healthy lawn. Give your lawn the nutrients it needs with a good dose of fertilizer for your grass type.
Mow at the right height
Tune-up your lawnmower and check that the blade is sharpened and ready for your first mow of the season. A sharp blade ensures a clean cut and well-manicured look. Make sure your blade is set at the appropriate height based on your grass type and region. A good rule of thumb is cutting off no more than ⅓ of the grass blade.
Set watering schedule
To prevent your lawn from losing its lush, green color, make sure that you’re following a routine watering schedule based on the needs of your lawn type. While the need is lower, even the highest quality drought-resistant grasses will require water throughout the summer. Water early in the morning to ensure the water has time to soak into your soil before it evaporates.
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