Feed Your Lawn Right This Summer
While summer means vacation, rest and relaxation for most people, for your lawn, it’s the most stressful time of the year.
The warmer season brings a whole mess of threats to the lawn, including grubs, dehydration, weeds and more. In order to keep your lawn happy, green and healthy, there are some important steps you need to take (or have us take for you).
1. Before you begin, think about aerating.
One of the best ways to maximize fertilization is by aerating your lawn before treatments. The holes in the soil expose the grass’s roots, which is super important for getting water, fertilizer and air where they need to go.
You can do this either through a core aerator machine, a riding lawnmower that has a core aerator attachment, or a digging fork. Or you could just have North Texas Lawns take care of that.
2. Fertilize 2-3 times this summer.
One of the best ways we care for your grass at North Texas Lawns is our fertilization program. Our year-round treatments bring six different applications to your yard — three of them in the summer.
During the May/June timeframe, we use a treatment that includes slow-feeding nutrients for managing climate stress by encouraging thickness and strength.
In July, our fertilizer mixture strengths the roots of your lawn to beat the heat while preventing grub worm infestations. We finish off the summer season with a mid-August/early September treatment of fertilizer with grub and weed control.
3. Proper watering is key to proper fertilization.
Right before the big fertilizer application, the lawn is gonna need some water. ThinkGreen says, “Apply fertilizer at the beginning or the end of the day, when temperatures are cooler. Make sure you follow up with a good watering immediately following the application to help the fertilizer absorb into the lawn. However, don’t overwater!”
The DIY Network gives the following advice:
“A day or two before applying fertilizer, water your lawn thoroughly. After grass dries, apply fertilizer. Then lightly water again. This second watering is vitally important, because it washes fertilizer off grass blades and into soil.”
And speaking of watering your grass…
Plan on giving your lawn at least one inch of water per week — AT LEAST. When the heat is on, the grass needs even more. Keep track of how much you’re watering by using an empty tuna can or a rain gauge, keeping in mind it’s best to water a lot at once, less frequently than in other seasons.
Once it goes brown, better luck next season. According to Today’s Homeowner, “Don't let your lawn go brown and dormant, then try to ‘water it back to life.’ If your lawn goes dormant in summer, it should stay that way until fall -- don't worry, it should recover once the weather changes.”
But remember, North Texas Lawns can always help you get things back on track.
4. Grasscycling is another great way to fertilize.
What is grasscycling? (It’s not riding your bike on your lawn.) Grasscycling is mowing the lawn and then leaving the clippings right where they fall. Although plenty of mowers suck up the clippings and many people rake and throw away the grass they cut, grasscycling is actually some of the best fertilizer for your lawn. According to Think Green, as much as 25 percent of the fertilizer needed by your lawn can come from grasscycling, as it returns valuable nutrients to the soil.
5. Got more questions?
Give North Texas Lawns a call. We’re ready to make sure your lawn is well-fed and green all summer long.
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