Summer often comes with visions of walking through plush, green grass, but when temperatures soar, this can become more of a struggle. Homeowners tend to be outside more during the summer enjoying their lawn, hosting cookouts, and playing with kids. All of this activity can be rough on your lawn, so it’s important to treat it well to keep it healthy.
Monitor Watering. Your lawn needs around one inch of water per week and even more if it’s especially hot. Summer storms can be hit or miss. You may want to consider installing an irrigation or sprinkler system to help compensate for lack of rain. However, you don’t want to overwater and let your lawn become soggy. Aim for watering early in the morning or later at night when the sun is not as intense and water doesn’t evaporate as quickly.
Check for Pests. Do a periodic sweep for grubs, fire ants, mosquitoes, and other bugs and insects that can harm your lawn and put a kink in your summer fun. Fungus can be problematic as well. Look for the proper treatment systems to take care of these issues before they become more serious. You may want to contact a professional.
Keep Grass Long(er). Your temptation may be to cut grass short so you don’t have to mow as often. Professionals actually recommend you set your blades so that grass stays between 3 inches and 4 inches long. Taller grass provides more shade for the soil, is hardier during droughts, and can help prevent the spread of weeds. Cut down on your work by leaving mulched grass clippings on your lawn to provide more nutrients and protection from the sun.
Pull Weeds. Scan your lawn every other day or so for new weeds that have popped up so that you can stay on top of them. Carefully pull weeds by hand and apply weed control products sparingly to protect lawn from further damage that can be caused by the sun.
Clean Up. After you’re done outside, pull any moveable objects such as toys or chairs off of the grass and onto a harder surface such a patio. This can help prevent dead spots from where they are left lying for long periods of time. Also clean up any trash or debris to keep unwanted critters from visiting your yard.
Enjoy the beautiful weather in the comfort of your own yard and know that your lawn is healthy and well cared for this summer by following these simple steps. Do your part to keep your HOA community looking great this summer. If you have concerns about community areas or notice problems, contact your HOA. Kuester can help ensure your HOA has a trusted landscaper to do their part as well. For more HOA support, contact Kuester today!