If the spring weather is any indication of the summer ahead, then it is likely to be a long and hot summer. The scorching heat, though appreciated by sunbathers, can be murder on our lawns and gardens. A little early prevention is the best way to ensure that your lawn remains free of brown patches, insects, disease, and weeds.
In order to avoid a desiccated lawn, start tending your lawn early in the growing season. A strong and healthy lawn is the best way to ward off weeds, insects, and diseases.
The best time to aerate and fertilize the lawn is during the spring months, you do not want to wait until late May or June. For warm climate grass you will want to fertilize monthly using nitrogen.
Sharpen the lawn mover blade so the grass will be cut cleanly, not shredded. This will help stave off diseases.
During the hot summer months, make sure that you do not crop your lawn too short. Cut only a third of the grass bladed when you mow and raise the mower height gradually by 25 to 50 percent as temperatures rise.
Water uniformly, deeply and infrequently in the morning with a sprinkler or in ground system. Your lawn should receive a total of 1 inch of rain, including rain and irrigation.
If you are constantly fighting off weeds every year, then you might want to look into using an herbicide. The best time to apply the herbicide is in late April and May. You should not broadly apply any herbicide during summer as this is when your lawn is at its weakest.
By following these tips you can make sure that your lawn is lush and green for those BBQ’s and family get-togethers.