Summer heat in Georgia can wreck havoc on your lawn. Compound that with heavy spring rains and dry summers, lawn care gets tricky. Mowing height, watering, and other lawn care aspects that aren't done right can result in serious lawn care problems from dead grass to funguses, etc. Follow our top three tips for a healthy lawn each year.
In the summer, you'll need to mow regularly, but you will want to leave your grass a little taller. The taller grass will help prevent evaporation of water from the soil. This allows your grass roots to grow deeper, helping prevent weeds from infesting the grass. For the grass types you'll see around here, grass height should be around 2 - 2.5 inches and mowing should be every 5 to 7 days - during the summer. If you miss a mowing cycle, make sure that you're not removing more than a third of the grass height when you mow, to keep the grass healthy. If you're mowing correctly, you can leave the clippings in the lawn. This is easier for you and better for the lawn. Finally, make sure that you're using a sharp blade on your mower. Mowing with a dull blade will rip your grass instead of cutting it clean. This promotes disease and poor healthy in the grass.
Ideally your weed treatment program started in the spring as weeds often get going before your grass does. At NGLLS, we recommend professional weed treatment that tackles the specific types of weeds at the specific times of year that they are blooming. Our annual treatment program applies the not only the correct pre-emergent treatments throughout the year, but we include fertilization for grass growth as well. For those that fertilize and treat for weeds on their own, make sure that you use the correct treatment types for the correct type of year. Using the wrong treatment can cause more harm than good.
Items on your grass for any amount of time can create dead spots on your grass and create difficulty in maintaining a healthy lawn. This includes parking vehicles on your lawn. Parking on your lawn not only shades the grass, but it also compacts the soil, which is the opposite of what you want to do to promote grass root growth. In fact, in high-heat and limited watering, it is best to avoid even walking on your grass if possible.