Bosch’s Summer Lawncare Tips
If spring lawncare is centered on getting your lawn healthy and green in the first place, then summer lawncare is all about keeping it healthy (especially when temperatures rise and the rain isn’t falling like we hope). Summer lawncare is also concerned with maintaining a robust, strong lawn that is able to withstand all of the outdoor activities—those barbeques, parties, and running feet—typical of a West Michigan summer.
With that in mind, we have some helpful tips so you can keep your property looking great all summer long.
- Track the water – Healthy lawns require at least an inch of water per week (and more during times when heat is severe). Track how much water your lawn receives naturally with a rain gauge or straight-sided, aluminum can. This will give you an idea as to how much water has been received from either rainfall or irrigation.
- Use smart watering practices – Now that you have an idea as to how much water your lawn is (or isn’t!) receiving, let’s take a look at best practices. If your goal is to encourage drought-tolerant roots, you should water them deeply and less frequently. Watering on a regular basis—instead of sporadically—is the way to go if you don’t want your lawn to become brown.
- Mind you mower blade height – During the summer you should raise your mower blades. Taller grass tends to grow deeper roots, be more drought-tolerant, and help shade the earth (which prevents weed seeds from germinating). The appropriate blade height will depend, at least to a certain degree, on the type of grass in your lawn, but 2” to 4” is the target range.
- Keep your mower blades sharp – You want your mower to be cutting the blades, not ripping them. This is especially important during hot temperatures, since you do not want to stress out the grass.
- Mow on a regular basis – For optimal lawn health, you don’t want to cut off more than 1/3 of the of grass blades at a time. By following a regular schedule, you will prevent this from happening. Trimming off shorter portions is also important for keeping clippings from smothering the grass. Something you may want to consider with your mowing schedule is mulching your grass clippings. This practice is beneficial for ensuring that your lawn’s moisture levels remain steady.
- Don’t overfertilize – It’s easy to be tempted to fertilize if your lawn is looking straggly in midsummer, but it’s best to fight this urge. When you apply extra fertilizer in summer heat, it can both burn the lawn and create new growth that will struggle in the hot sun.
Perhaps the best tip when it comes to summer lawncare is to let our team at Bosch’s do the work for you! We have a hard-earned reputation in West Michigan for providing exceptional, award-winning lawncare services. Give us a call today at (616) 399-6861 and request your free estimate!