Most Kentucky lawns are seeded with Kentucky bluegrass and turf-type tall fescue grasses, high summer heat can spell trouble for our cool-season lawn grasses. There are warm season grasses such as buffalograss and Zoysia. Different grass need different management during the warmer months and a lawn mowing and lawn care professional can get you the best results. Follow these tips…
Should Fertilizer Be Used During the Warmer Months?
Cool season grasses such as Kentucky Bluegrass and fescue may benefit form some nitrogen. New lawns have limited nitrogen stored in the soil. So, these cool season lawns typically turn yellow during the summer. Use slow release nitrogen as quick release can burn the turf. If you see yellow and slow growing grass in your lawn nitrogen and less water is required. Warm season species such as buffalograss and zoyia can benefit from nitrogen during mid season. These species thrive during high temperatures. Green & Grow’s fertilization and weed control program can help you all year long. Green & Grow’s aeration and seeding service will give you the best lawn possible.
Best Mowing Instructions
Allow all grasses to grow taller in summer and during drought. This is crucial for maintaining lawn health from the stress of summer. Turfgrass does better in the high heat of summer if you allow it to grown out a bit. By allowing your lawn to grow out a little you are promoting deeper grass roots that can suck up moisture and shade the soil which minimizes evaporation. If you cut your lawn too short you are reducing grass’s ability to produce the energy needed for growth.
You need to identify the pest before choosing a control strategy. For any pests that you are having problems with, learn all you can about them and the options you have to control them. If you are facing an infestation, contact a lawn care professional. Dealing with an entire colony of insects inside and/or around your home on your own is no easy task and is best left to the pros. Green & Grow can help you with mosquito control and emerald ash borer treatments.
Watering Your Lawn
Water is an essential part of a happy, healthy lawn. It’s important, though, to make sure you water it properly. If you run a sprinkler at night, for example, it sets up the perfect conditions for disease to take hold. If you water too lightly, the grass roots will not grow deeply enough, setting your lawn up for trouble when hot weather hits. The following are some watering techniques to help you keep a beautiful lawn…
- Apply 1 inch of water once per week – Usually it’s about 30 minutes. So 20 minutes, 3 times per week will get an inch of water on your lawn, and 30 minutes 3 times per week will get 1 ½” down.
- Water in the early morning – Watering your lawn when the grass is still wet with morning dew reduces disease.
- Avoid frequent and short watering – Short watering will only reach the top layer of soil and it is best if you allow water to reach the entire root system 3 or 5 inches down.
- Avoid over watering – One of the biggest and more common lawn care issues is over watering. if you see pools of water you are giving your lawn more water than the soil can hold.
- Measure your irrigation water – Put a rain gauge on the lawn to ensure you are adding the proper amount of water to your lawn.
- Schedule regular maintenance to your irrigation system – Make sure your system is programmed correctly to maximize the water efficiency.
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