With summer less than a month away, you’re going to want to begin the process of preparing your lawn for the sunny season. When the temperatures begin to rise into the 80s and 90s, your lawn becomes more susceptible to summer stressors like drought, pests, weeds, and compacted soil.
Protect your lawn from summer stressors with these five steps. In doing so, you’re also preparing your lawn to thrive all season long.
Step 1: Aerate
Lawn aeration is a vital step in preparing your lawn for summer. As the weather continues to heat up, thatch (a collection of dead grass roots, shoots, and stems) will continue to build up between the soil and grass. Excessive layers of thatch will block and prevent your lawn from getting what it needs during the hot summer months — namely moisture, oxygen, and nutrients from fertilizer.
Core aeration will remove small plugs of grass from your lawn, reducing thatch and soil compaction. In turn, your grass will be provided with those critical nutrients for growth and sustainability, even on the hottest summer days.
Step 2: Feed Your Lawn
Feeding your lawn is one of the best things you can do for it after core aeration.
Overseeding is the process of spreading a high quantity of high-quality seed across your lawn to:
- Revitalize grass damaged by drought, pests, or compaction
- Stimulate an extra push of lush, healthy growth just before summer begins
By fixing damaged grass and producing new, healthy grass, you’re providing your lawn with further protection from those summer stressors.
Overseeding is not the only way to feed your lawn. With a lawn fertilization treatment plan, you can provide your grass with the right combination of nutrients that it can’t get anywhere else. Not only will these nutrients work to protect your lawn during the hot summer months, but they’ll also make your lawn look and feel great.
Step 3: Control the Weeds
No matter the season, weeds cause serious problems for any lawn. They spend all their time taking those important nutrients from your grass to use them for their own growth and germination. The impact weeds have on your lawn is amplified during the hot summer months, when nutrients are at a premium, so controlling the weeds now is critical for the health of your lawn in the summer.
Whether you hand-pull the weeds or utilize a weed-control treatment plan, you’re going to want to invest time in eliminating any weeds present in your lawn now for a healthy future. If you follow the first two steps of this process, you will already be well on your way to preventing the future spread of weeds, as the best defense against weeds is a thick, healthy lawn.
Step 4: Watch for Lawn Diseases
Nothing can take your lawn down quicker than a lawn disease.
Two of the most common lawn diseases that you will want to watch for this summer are:
- Brown patch – A fungal disease caused by wet grass when the temperature reaches 75–85 degrees Fahrenheit. If you find large circles of dead/dying grass that appear moist on your lawn, they may be brown patch. To cure your lawn of this disease, you will want to figure out why your lawn isn’t draining water properly. It may be the cause of excessive thatch/soil compaction, or that you’re simply mowing too low.
- Red thread – A disease caused by a lack of nutrients — namely nitrogen and potassium — and drought. Dry, red/orange color threads will grow on top of the grass threads, making your lawn appear unhealthy. To cure your lawn, you will want to water deeply but infrequently, and you will want to apply a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen and potassium.
If there are irregular portions of your lawn that appear to be struggling or dying, it may be the result of a lawn disease. You will want to act quickly to find out what it is and how to cure your lawn before it completely takes over.
Step 5: Call the Professionals
The best way to prepare your lawn for the summer months is to call the professionals at Naturally Green Lawn Care. Our team of experts has the knowledge, experience, and tools needed to get your lawn ready to thrive throughout the sunny season.
Contact us here, or give us a call at (203) 230-9212 to hear more about our services and how we can help you get the best-looking lawn on the block, all season long. Ready to get started? Call us today!