Summer Lawn Care Tips – Lawn Care Part VI

We are officially in summer, and the temperatures certainly reflect the season. Summer lawn care easier than most people think it is. This is the part of summer where you shouldn’t be doing too much on your lawn, just enjoying the fruits of your labor. Most homeowners tend to overwater their lawn, and we certainly don’t want you doing that!

How can I tell if I need to water my lawn? You need to water when your footsteps leave an impression in the grass and your grass takes on a blueish-green hue. The BEST time to water your grass is in the morning between 4 AM and 9 AM. If those times are challenging for you, consider setting up the sprinkler at night and turning it on as soon as you wake up, or consider purchasing a timer you can screw onto your outdoor faucet.

Ok, how much (and how long) should I water? Most plants prefer a good soaking to a light daily sprinkle and grass is no different. You should only water once or twice a week and take any precipitation into account. One inch of water is recommended for our area. You can measure this by putting a small tin can out (like a tuna can or some similar sized container) while you are watering and measuring the time it takes to get one inch high. Then you will know how long to let the sprinkler run and either split that time into two watering sessions per week or do one session per week in the front of the lawn and one in the back per week.

What if we end up in a drought? Water restrictions, if Connecticut ends up in a drought, could certainly change your lawn care routine. If you have been following along with our lawn care series you have enacted a number of “cultural practices” that will assist your lawn in getting through the restrictions in great shape. These practices include keeping your grass height at a minimum of 3 inches and only irrigating (up to one inch) as needed.

Another cultural practice would be to avoid watering during periods of extreme heat. Grass will naturally enter a period of dormancy when temperatures get extreme. Letting your grass enter that natural state can help the plants handle the precipitation cycle naturally. In fact, by letting your grass adapt to the precipitation cycle will allow it to develop its own drought resistance.

Drought Lawn Care Tips:

      • Don’t apply herbicides, fertilizers or aerate your lawn.
      • Continue to mow high, or skip mowing until growth returns.
      • Leave grass clippings behind as they shade your soil surface and protect your soil from evaporation

 

Are you enjoying these series? If so, please consider sharing with a neighbor or friend. There is more to learn in future emails including grubs, seeding and aeration. 

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