I’m back from vacation. Why isn’t my grass as perfect as it was this spring??
5 Tips to keep your lawn manicured and the best on the block:
1. For cool season grasses, apply a fertilizer in late spring or early summer. This will allow a consistent sharing of nutrients underground throughout the season, especially nitrogen and potassium and other root-focused fertilizers.
2. Watch for disease! Brown Patch Disease is especially common when heat and moisture intersect. Avoid watering your lawn during the day to help with this problem, and treat it as soon as you see signs of missing turf.
3. Cut it long! If you have tall-fescue turf, cutting it shorter is tempting in order for it to look clean cut. But remember that fescue needs to benefit from the nutrients and water in its stalks, and to avoid the lawn going dormant (turning brown) fescue needs a lot of water and as little stress as possible.
4. Keep the lawn watered. Cool season grasses especially need alot of water during the hot summer. Ideally you want to water 2 or 3 times a week very early in the morning around 1 to 1.5 inches of water.
5. If you have a problem with voles or moles, who thrive on grass roots as they tunnel under the surface, consider an outdoor cat! Also outdoor natural barriers and pest repellents can help in keeping voles and moles out of your yard.
Aeration, fertilizing, and overseeding are the most important things you can do for the next season’s luscious lawn, but keeping an eye out during the summer months is helpful to ensuring a vibrant property all year long.