3 Tips to Keep Your Lawn Healthy During the Texas Summer
Summer is here in Texas, and that means that mother nature is going to bring the heat. Taking care of your lawn during this time is important to ensure longevity and health. However, most people are unaware that simply mowing and watering are not enough to remedy the heat’s detrimental effects on your lawn. Fortunately, we have some tips that will help you keep your lawn healthy this summer during the intense Texas summer.
Make Sure to Feed Often
After 6-8 weeks of fertilizing your lawn, the microbes in your soil have already absorbed the nutrients that your lawn is trying to retain. Make sure to keep a schedule for when you need to keep up with your lawn fertilization. By feeding appropriately, your grass will grow thick, which will crowd out any weeds that try to grow, as well as cool the soil. The cooling process helps tremendously with keeping your lawn at a lower temperature, which in turn will ensure your grass will stay healthy when the heat rises outside.
As mentioned before, simply watering the lawn on a whim is not the right method to use when it comes to taking care of your lawn. If your area is experiencing a drought, use frequent yet shallow watering. This causes the grass to grow shorter roots, which in turn makes the grass stress out during dry spells. Also, avoid watering your grass during peak hours of heat. Anytime between 6am to 10pm is ideal, as watering during the hottest parts of the day will simply evaporate the water, wasting precious resources in the process.
Don’t Cut Your Grass So Short
Whenever you decide to mow your yard, be sure to cut a little higher this time. If your blade is cutting the grass too low, then you’re going to end up hurting your lawn in the long run, as the sun can affect the soil much faster. Shorter grass absorbs heat much faster, which means the soil heats up at a faster rate, which can end up becoming a detriment to your lawn. By cutting higher, the grass can absorb the heat at a higher elevation, thus protecting the soil from becoming overheated and dry. Remember to mow your grass every 5-7 days to keep the length of your grass consistent all summer.
Help Your Grass Last Longer
Texas summers can be enjoyable yet harmful to your landscape if you don’t take care of it properly. The hottest temperature ever recorded was 120 degrees in Monahans in June 1994. Though we haven’t gotten that close in almost 20 years, this year could be the year that we do! That’s why it’s important to ensure that your lawn is taken care of properly, and that your lawn doesn’t suffer. Lawn repair can be a year-round process, and without proper care during the summer and winter times, it can look displeasing to the eye. Follow these three tips for a healthier, aesthetically pleasing lawn this summer.