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Tips for Saving Water During Your Lawn Care

Tips for Saving Water During Your Lawn CareWater conservation is one of the many factors to consider for people trying to maintain a healthy, green lawn. This is especially true for those in hotter, dryer parts of the country whose yards may be subject to drought conditions. While saving water and tending to your grass may seem like a difficult juggling act, there are a number of simple actions homeowners can take in the yard to help save water and money. Check out the following tips from our lawn care experts on how you can keep your lawn healthy and hydrated while using less water.

Water Earlier in the Day

The first step in water conservation is making sure to water your grass early, deeply, and less frequently. By watering your lawn deeply, you will have a better chance to wet the entire root zone and encourage deeper root growth, which will help your grass tolerate mild to moderate drought conditions. In order to get this result, we recommend watering your lawn early in the morning (as early as 5 am) to help give the lawn enough time to absorb the moisture and avoid evaporation due to daytime heat.

Keep Your Mower Blades High & Sharp

Next, try raising the blades on your lawn mower anywhere between 25%-50%. If your lawn is cut too short, this can prevent the grass from effectively storing water that it needs to survive. Meaning, your lawn will inevitably need to be watered more frequently. It’s also important to keep the mower blades sharp by sharpening them about once a month. Duller blades will tear at the grass instead of cutting it cleanly, leading to the grass needing more water to effectively recover.

Make Sure to Aerate

Lastly, we highly recommend aerating your lawn. Aerating, or creating small holes in the soil, can help improve the flow of water reach the roots of your lawn. It works by loosening compacted soil. Once the soil is more loose, water and nutrients will have an easier time reaching the soil beneath the grass, where they can do the most good.

Don’t forget to follow Turf Shield on Twitter or Facebook for additional lawn care lawn care tips, news, and more. As you can see, these suggestions are minor alterations to your lawn care routine, not complete overhauls. However, these simple changes can go a very long way towards helping you cut back on your water usage and promoting the lush, green yard that you are striving for. If you have any questions or if you would like to speak with one of our lawn care professionals, please contact Turf Shield today.

How Do I “Winterize” My Lawn?

How Do I “Winterize” My LawnAt Turf Shield, we offer a variety of lawn and yard care services that can help keep your yard looking its best all year round, and each season poses its own individual challenges.  With summer coming to a close and winter waiting eagerly in the wings, many of our clients ask us how they can best go about “winterizing” their lawns or gardens to prepare them for the colder months.  Although Georgia and the Southeast may not get the severe cold and snowfall that are so common in other regions of the country, there are a few things that you can do to keep your lawn healthy and protected.

Many lawn and garden professionals will tell you that a good winterizing fertilizer treatment is the key to avoiding cold-season damage, and some suggest that overseeding cool season grasses in early fall can be particularly beneficial.  Unfortunately, this advice does not necessarily apply to all lawns.  Winterizing fertilizers (or simply “winterizers” as they are sometimes called) have a higher concentration of potassium than other lawn fertilizers, which helps strengthen and harden plants from top to bottom and make them more tolerant of cold and stress.  Our Turf Shield team can tell you the specific type of grass that you have and recommend a fertilizer treatment that is right for your lawn’s specific needs.

Autumn is also a good time to protect your fruits and flowers from the winter cold.  Ideally, you should have your perennial garden beds cleaned up, removing old stalks and leaves, and then mulched as part of your winter preparation plan.  However, if you do not have the time to properly mulch, than leave the stalks and leaves where they are, as they will afford a small degree of protection to the roots of your perennials.  Small deciduous shrubs with fragile branches can be protected with a lean-to or some other sort of structure to keep heavy snows off their limbs or to protect them from cold and frost.  Avoid watering trees in late summer or early fall before the leaves fall, as this will give them a chance to “harden off” for winter.  Then in late fall, after the trees have dropped their leaves but before the ground has frozen, give both evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs a final deep watering to last them through the winter.

Last but not least, don’t forget to take a few moments to do some end of the year maintenance on your lawn tools.  Improperly stored gasoline can get thick and gummy, so be sure to drain the gas from your lawnmower in the late fall before storing it away.  Bring in the garden hose and go down into the basement to turn off its water source to keep your pipes from bursting if the temperatures fall into the teens.  A little care and attention now can save you a lot of trouble down the line.

The needs of your lawn will change over the course of any given year, which is one of the reasons why it is a good time to get a little bit of professional help.  Our expert lawn care specialists can work with you to determine exactly what measures you should take to keep your yard looking its best.  If you have any questions about any of your landscaping needs, or about any of the customized lawn care treatment packages that we provide, please contact Turf Shield to get more information.  Don’t forget to follow us on social media to get all the latest updates and lawn care tips.

Common Tree Diseases in Georgia

Common Tree Diseases in GeorgiaPeople tend to think of plants and trees as the most low-maintenance types of living beings. While this is probably true, there’s still a big difference between “low maintenance” and “no maintenance.” On top of just ensuring that your trees have the basic necessities (water, nutrients, and sunlight), you also need to be on the lookout for diseases that can infect your trees. Some vegetation diseases can be deadly to your entire landscape if they’re not found and treated early enough. At Turf Shield, we go beyond lawn care to actually educate our clients about their plant life, and in this effort, we’ve pulled together the basics you need to know about the most common tree diseases in the Atlanta area.

Seiridium Canker

Caused by a fungus, seiridium canker creates open cankers that leak resin. It’s often noticed when homeowners see individual branches and limbs begin to die on their tree. The fungus is spread to different branches within a tree or from one tree to another when the spores travel in water, either from the rain or from irrigation. Trees are more susceptible to being infected if they’re already weakened by draught and excessive heat. Unfortunately, there are not currently any fungicides that can treat seiridium canker after it has infected a tree, so the only treatment is to reduce the spread by pruning your trees to remove infected branches and by irrigating when the weather is dry.

Root Rot

There are different types of root rot that are each caused by their own unique fungus. As a group of diseases, though, root rot infects the tree roots, causing the wood to become spongy and sometimes leading to mushroom growth at the base of the tree. These mushrooms are often the only way homeowners discover root rot. The fungus is soil-borne and is most likely to spread and infect trees when the soil stays too wet for too long, and it can take hold of weaker, less healthy tress more quickly. The best way to lower your risk of root rot is to manage the excessive soil moisture by creating appropriate drainage, but if one or more of your plants do develop root rot, it can often be treated with specific fungicides.

Powdery Mildew

We’ve all seen mildew on a shower curtain or a forgotten piece of damp fabric, and powdery mildew has a similar appearance. It causes your plant’s leaves to develop scattered gray spots, and it can be spread rather easily when the spores become airborne. Like root rot, powdery mildew is really a category of diseases, with different forms of powdery mildew being caused by different varieties of similar fungi. Unfortunately for Georgia, humidity makes this disease far more likely. You can take preventative steps in your lawn by increasing air flow through your plants to reduce humidity (such as by pruning selectively or by spacing plants out farther). If you do notice the telltale gray spots on your plants, the infection can often be treated with professional fungicide treatments for lawns.

Botrytis Blight

The symptoms of botrytis blight can look similar to those of other tree diseases – spots on leaves and flowers, cankers on stems, crown rot, and wilting, as well as lumps of fuzzy, brown/gray spores with thin black stalks. Caused by a certain type of fungus, botrytis blight spreads through the air and the water, as well as on insects, so it can be rather difficult to control. You can limit your plants’ risk for botrytis blight by improving the air flow to reduce humidity, and by using preventative fungicides when moist, humid, cool, and cloudy weather conditions raise the risk for infection.

Fireblight

While many of the other tree diseases are caused by fungi, fireblight is caused by a specific strain of bacteria, and it affects members of the Rosaceae family, like pear trees, crabapple trees, and their relatives. The primary sign of fireblight (and the reason it gets its name) is an almost burned appearance at the end of branches and twigs. In some cases, the branches may bend in a hook-like shape. Fireblight spreads most during warm, wet weather, so it’s most common between April and June. If you think your plants are infected, prune out the infected branches about 6 inches below the damage, disinfecting your shears between each cut. Steer clear of fertilizer with too much nitrogen in the summer as well.

When you set up or revitalize your landscape, you put a lot of work, time, and money into building the perfect arrangement of trees, shrubs, flowers, and other plants. Any of the diseases above (and many more) can jeopardize everything you’ve invested into your landscape. When it comes to tree diseases, prevention is the #1 goal, and whether you still have a healthy lawn or you’re fighting an existing infestation, our lawn care professionals at Turf Shield are happy to help. To get started, schedule a consultation with Turf Shield lawn care professionals, and be sure to follow us on social media as well for more lawn care tips.

How to Prevent and Control Crabgrass

How to Prevent and Control CrabgrassCrabgrass has long been one of the most common and pesky lawn weeds around. Although crabgrass is considered a summertime problem, it is an annual weed that completes its lifecycle over the course of a full year. It starts as a seed before sprouting in late spring when the soil temperatures begin to rise. As it grows taller and stronger, crabgrass will produce and distributes seeds. When summer ends and cooler weather returns, the plant itself may die, but the seeds remain, waiting for next spring so they can take over your lawn again. This is why the fall season is the perfect time to treat your lawn for crabgrass. Follow these helpful tips to help control your weed situation and prevent crabgrass before it becomes a problem.

Try to Keep Your Grass Healthy and Thick

Crabgrass can be an opportunistic weed. It preys on thin, dry patches of lawn that pop up during the long, hot summer months. If your lawn is especially dry, the crabgrass can completely take it over in just a few months. That’s why we recommend keeping your lawn healthy and thick throughout the summer. This means regular watering to make sure the soil stays moist.

Try Pre-Emergent Weed Control

Pre-emergent weed control is also highly recommended. It’s best to start applying your pre-emergent treatment before the weather begins to heat up again. Take note of your yard and remember which areas are more susceptible to crabgrass and other weeds. Then focus on those specific areas to keep the crabgrass from gaining a foothold as the growing season nears.

Use Mulch on Your Lawn

Healthy soil is just as important as healthy grass in the fight against crabgrass. Once you remove a patch of crabgrass from your lawn, try laying down some mulch in that area. This can help prevent the remaining crabgrass seeds from germinating and spawning new weeds. Even if your lawn does not have a history with crabgrass, applying a light layer of mulch can still be beneficial. However, it’s important not to use too much, as this can cause your grass to become compacted and affect its ability to grow properly.

Whether you are currently battling crabgrass or not, a bit of cautionary preparation can go a long way towards avoiding this annoying weed before it becomes a headache. If you’re still unsure of how to go about protecting and treating your lawn, you can always call the experienced lawn care professionals at Turf Shield. For more information on weed control or to schedule a consultation, please contact Turf Shield today and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more lawn care tips, updates and more.

What Can I Do To Keep My Yard From Flooding?

What Can I Do To Keep My Yard From FloodingHurricane season extends from July through November, and after witnessing the devastation caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma we all understand just how serious that can be.  Fortunately, most of us here in Georgia will not have to deal with effects like those that were felt in Florida and the Gulf Coast, but inclement weather and serious flooding are still serious issues with which many people have to contend.  The lawn care specialists at Turf Shield know that heavy rains, particularly when they persist over an extended period, can place stresses on your grass and plants.  In some cases, they may even reduce a beautiful lawn into little more than a muddy pond, which can severely damage root systems and leave your plants more vulnerable to attack by fungal organisms in the soil.  Although there is nothing that we can do about the weather, there are several things that you can do, both in the short-term and the long-term, to help keep your yard from flooding.

Short-Term Prevention

If you know that there is a good deal of rain coming in the near future, taking a bit of time to prepare can make all the difference:

  • Clear Drains and Gutters: When gutters are clogged they can overflow, spilling large amounts of water into areas that may not be equipped to deal with it. Clearing out this excess debris, and taking the time to collect fallen leaves so they cannot be swept into drain covers where they could cause blockage, will help keep water from collecting in your yard.
  • Ensure Soil is Well Aerated: When soil is compacted, it can be difficult for water to soak in. Instead, the water sits and collects on the surface and eventually floods the garden.  Aerating your lawn not only helps oxygen reach the grass roots which is essential for healthy grass growth, but it also provides a way for the water to sink into the deeper levels of the soil.
  • Add Organic Mulch or Leaf Mould: Placing an additional layer of mulch onto your lawn and flowerbeds will increase the absorbency of the soil, allowing it to capture and hold more water so that less collects on the surface. Typically, bark or leaf mould (a compost of fallen leaves and grass clippings) is sufficient, but in areas that are prone to flooding it may even be a good idea to mix a good top soil with a little sand.

Long-Term Planning

The best way to avoid flooding problems in your yard is to plan your landscaping strategically so as to eliminate, or at least reduce, the possibility.

  • Minimize Concrete and Hard Surfaces: These surfaces effectively remove ground that can absorb water and replace it with areas where water runs off and collects nearby. By using smaller bricks or slabs to create a patio sitting area, you can maximize drainage.
  • Level-Off Yard Depressions: Slopes and hills create areas where water will collect. Leveling the entire yard with extra top soil prevents water from pooling in a single area and even helps encourage more even and consistent overall growth.
  • Create Designated Run-Off Areas: If it is impractical to level-off depressions completely, you may be able to create specially designated run-off areas. This allows you to channel pooling water to areas that are less problematic, like perhaps a rain garden where water-loving plants and shrubs can thrive even while excess water slowly percolates back into the soil.

Unexpected and extreme weather conditions can make taking care of a yard difficult, but having a team of experienced professionals on your side can make all the difference.  If you have questions about your lawn, or about any of the customized lawn care treatment packages that we provide, please contact Turf Shield to get more information, or follow Turf Shield on Twitter or Facebook to get all the latest lawn care tips.

Your Overseeding Questions Answered

Your Overseeding Questions AnsweredYou’re wrapping up a summer of enjoying your lawn, but when you pause and look at your fescue yard, you suddenly notice that it’s full of brown or bare patches. This can happen for any number of reasons – unwanted insects, drought, disease, heavy traffic, or compacted soil, just to name a few. In many cases, a process called overseeding can help you whip your lawn back into shape, and it’s one of the many professional lawn care services we provide at Turf Shield.

What is Overseeding?

In a nutshell, overseeding is the practice of spreading more grass seed on top of existing grass. This helps by filling in patches of damaged lawn or simply increasing the density of an overall thinning yard. Overseeding can be done only on “problem areas” or over the entire lawn.

Who Can Benefit from Overseeding?

As we mentioned, overseeding is a great option for people with fescue turf who have dead patches in their lawn or for people with a thinning lawn who want denser grass. Generally, though, overseeding your lawn is only helpful if the damage covers less than 50% of your yard. If more than half of your lawn is dead or damaged, it’s typically best to have the remainder of it killed so that you can start new.

How Can I Get Successful Overseeding Results?

In order to get an even and effective result in your overseeded lawn, it’s best to leave this job up to the professionals. In fact, it’s often not cost-effective to do it yourself anyway because you would need to rent specialized equipment. However, even if you hire a professional, it’s a good idea for you to know the ingredients for successful overseeding, so here are a few tips you should know:

  • Improve the seed-to-soil contact (a necessary part of new grass growth) by including professional lawn aeration in the overseeding process. This allows water, air, and nutrients to more effectively reach the seeds and roots.
  • Get your timing right – overseeding usually works best in late summer or early fall.
  • Before you begin overseeding, find out what caused the damage to your lawn in the first place, be it insects, weeds, diseases, or another problem. This will help you keep your freshly overseeded lawn from having the same issue.
  • In order to reduce competition between your existing grass and the new seeds, cut your current grass to the lowest acceptable height before you overseed. Keep in mind that this will vary based on the type of grass you have, so be cautious about cutting it too short.
  • Practice a very specific lawn care routine for your freshly overseeded yard:
    • Water your grass heavily after it’s overseeded.
    • In the first 10-14 days after overseeding, water grass lightly each day, allowing it to soak into one inch of soil.
    • After these 10-14 days, water your lawn less frequently but with a greater amount of soaking to encourage the roots to grow deeper. Eventually, transition into the recommended watering schedule for your grass.

For homeowners who have lawns full of dead patches and damaged grass, overseeding can actually be a relatively easy way to regain a more lush and enjoyable lawn. With the help of experienced lawn care professionals like Turf Shield, this season is the perfect time to overseed. To find out whether this may be an option for your yard, schedule a consultation with Turf Shield. For more lawn care tips and helpful information, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Summer Lawn Pests

Summer Lawn PestsFrom shifting weather conditions to specific kinds of weeds, every Georgia home-owner knows that each season brings its own unique lawn care challenges. One of these varying challenges is pest control. Different trouble-making insects wreak havoc on your grass at different times of the year. For the typical lawn-owner in Georgia, there are three primary pests to look out for in the summer:

Southern Chinch Bugs

Interestingly, these bugs are particularly damaging for St. Augustine grasses (a common type of grass used in Georgia), although they can cause mild damage to other types of warm season turf as well. Southern chinch bugs suck the moisture from your grass, then inject a poison that kills it, ultimately leaving dead patches that look much like drought damage. You can reduce your risk of southern chinch bugs by keeping your lawn trimmed (since these pests thrive in wet thatch), and by steering clear of overwatering and overfertilizing. If you do find your yard infested with these insects, call Turf Shield Lawn Care to set up a consultation and discuss your pest control options.

Grubs

The term “grubs” actually includes the immature forms of several different types of beetles. Typically living just under the surface of your soil, they like to eat grass roots, often until you could simply lift up an area of your grass like carpet. Grubs tend to mate in early summer, and then lay eggs which hatch around mid to late summer and reach their peak feeding age in early fall. Start keeping an eye out for grubs now so that you can treat them while they’re still susceptible to pesticides and before they cause serious damage.

Caterpillars

As with grubs, there are several types of caterpillars that can do serious lawn damage, although the most common varieties include tropical sod webworm and fall armyworm. These pests feed on the actual blades of grass, biting holes out of them before ultimately eating away larger areas of grass. You can limit your susceptibility to caterpillar damage by applying water and fertilizer appropriately (not excessively), and by seeking treatment as soon as you notice caterpillars in your yard.

Getting your lawn in tip-top shape (and keeping it that way) is a never-ending job. There’s a lot to learn if you want to adjust for the many seasonal issues that can affect your grass. That’s why our professional lawn care experts at Turf Shield are here to help. To find out what we can do for your grass, schedule a consultation with us today, or for more lawn care tips, follow Turf Shield on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Getting Answers to Your Basic Lawn Care Questions

Getting Answers to Your Basic Lawn Care QuestionsWe all like to think of our lawns as places where we can kick back and relax.  However, as any new home owner can tell you, getting your lawn into tip-top shape can be a lot more complicated than most people think.  There are many different factors to consider, and even the simplest questions can be difficult to tackle without some expert advice.  That’s why the lawn care specialists here at Turf Shield thought it might be helpful to field some of the more common questions about lawn care.

When mowing my lawn, is it better to leave the grass clippings on the lawn or to bag and dispose of them?

Grass clippings are about 90% water and 4% nitrogen by weight, so when you mulch clippings you are actually returning much-needed organic matter and nutrients back to your soil.  Bagging your grass clippings is really only recommended if you are forced to mow when your grass is long and wet or when you have to get stray clippings out of the way for aesthetic reasons.  In most cases, composting your lawn clippings while mowing your lawn is more economical, better for your grass, and better for the environment.

How can I get rid of mushrooms that spring up on my lawn and keep them from returning?

Mushrooms usually appear when fungi deep in the soil are breaking down rotting wood, old tree roots, buried stumps, or leaves.  This process actually benefits your lawn, since the decomposing organic matter in the soil releases nutrients that your grass can use.  The best way to get rid of mushrooms is to remove their food source, which could mean simply digging up a piece of buried construction debris or waiting for an old stump to decompose.  Do not try to use chemicals to control mushrooms on your own.  Fungicide treatment, which is one of the services we offer in our lawn treatment packages, can be difficult and is best left to professionals.

How can I tell which plants are weeds and how can I control or prevent them?

In this case, an experienced, professional opinion can make all the difference.  Broadleaf weeds like dandelions, chickweed, and clover may flower and look like pretty plants, but can still cause problems, while grassy weeds, like crabgrass, can quickly take over your landscape before you even realize they are there. Because weeds often grow under the same conditions as regular grass, the very things that keep your lawn healthy can feed your weeds as well.  Weeds have a hard time taking hold in lawns that are already thick and healthy and pre-emergent weed control in the early spring can help kill weeds before they have a chance to become a nuisance.

Lawn and garden maintenance can be a lot of work, and every yard requires a customized approach, so if you have any questions about your landscaping needs, or about any of the lawn care treatment packages that we provide, please contact Turf Shield to get more information.  Don’t forget to follow Turf Shield on Facebook  or Twitter to get all the latest updates and lawn care tips.

Weed Control Tips from the Pros at Turf Shield

Weed Control Tips from the Pros at Turf ShieldWeeds have long been one of the natural enemies of any homeowner trying to maintain a healthy green lawn. By competing with healthy grass for moisture, nutrients, light, and space, weeds can throw any lawn into disarray. While certain herbicides can help, no single product will be able to keep your lawn completely weed-free.

Proper weed control takes time, effort, and knowhow. Completely ridding your yard of weeds may not be entirely possible. After all, weeds are as tenacious as they are annoying. But you can thwart them by growing a thick, healthy lawn that doesn’t give weeds the space they need to take root. Check out the following tips for how to keep your grass lush and green this summer by keeping the weeds out.

Regularly Inspect your Lawn for Weeds

The first step in any weed control plan should be regularly inspecting your lawn for weeds. It’s best to spot them when they begin to pop up instead of when they have already taken hold of your yard. Make time to look around the yard and keep tabs on what’s going on. Look out for signs of potential trouble like browning or thinning grass. One of the best times to inspect your lawn for weeds is when you are mowing the grass.

Hand Pulling

If you are already dealing with weeds in your lawn, pull them out by hand is still the most tried and true method for weed removal. Focus first on pulling out the weeds that are setting seed if you do not have time to pull them all. One of the key strategies in the war on weeds (or any other meddlesome plant life) is not allowing them to reproduce and spread. Additionally, wet weeds will be easier to remove by hand, so wait until after the next rain shower or use a sprinkler before you begin. When hand pulling, be aware of potentially poisonous weeds.

Mow Your Lawn a Bit Higher

Mowing your lawn too low can weaken your grass by reducing its ability to produce enough nutrients. It also allows sunlight to reach the soil surface, which can help crabgrass and other weeds begin to sprout and grow. Though the ideal lawn height can depend on your specific type of grass, between 2 and 4 inches is typically recommended.

Fertilize Just the Right Amount

A good fertilization program can help keep your lawn dense to keep most weeds out. But it’s important not to use too much. In addition to wasting your money, over-fertilizing can actually increase the chances of runoff. Additionally, using too little can lead to a thinner, sparser lawn that allows weeds the space and sunlight they need to thrive. We recommend getting a soil test to help determine the right amount of fertilizer for your lawn.

Though there is certainly much more to know, we hope these beginning steps will help you get the jump on any weeds that you may come across in your yard this summer. If you’re still unsure of how to best protect your home and lawn, you can always call the lawn care professionals at Turf Shield. We offer a wide array of lawn care services that we tailor to the unique needs of all of our customers to keep their lawns healthy, strong and looking great. For more information, please contact Turf Shield today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more lawn care tips, news and updates.

Summer Lawn Mowing Tips from the Pros at Turf Shield

Summer Lawn Mowing Tips from the Pros at Turf ShieldEverybody loves summertime. Summer brings warm weather and plenty of time to relax and enjoy our favorite outdoor activities. While we may love the summer weather ourselves, the long, hot summer can be punishing on our lawns. That’s why this time of year, your lawn may require extra care and attention. Still, even if you’re willing to put in the time and effort, many homeowners may not know just what their lawn needs in order to keep their grass green and healthy throughout the summer months.

That’s why the lawn care experts at Turf Shield are here to provide a few lawn mowing tips that can assist homeowners trying to keep their lawns healthy through the hot Georgia summer.

Don’t Cut Your Grass Too Short

One of the most common mistakes people make this time of year is cutting their lawn too short. Your grass is alive and needs to breathe. If it is cut too short, your grass’ ability to produce energy for growth can be limited. When the grass is cut at a proper height, it will develop stronger roots. This in turn will lead to a lawn that is healthier and more able to handle the stress of the summer heat. Remember that different types of grass have different growth habits that you should keep in mind when planning your summer mowing routine.

Don’t Forget the “One-Third” Rule

So now that you understand the importance of grass height, it’s time to determine a specific height at which to mow your lawn. As a general principle, we recommend sticking to the “one-third” rule: never remove more than one-third of the grass height at one time. Since less plant tissue is removed during your mowing, your lawn will have an easier time keeping itself cool.

Make Sure to Keep Mower Blades Sharp

Much like the razor you use to shave, the sharper your lawn mower blade, the better your results will be. When a lawn is cut with a sharp mower blade, the grass will heal faster than if it was cut with a dull blade. Dull blades can actually tear the plant tissue instead of properly cutting it, leading to a brownish appearance and a lawn that is more vulnerable to stress and disease. Keeping your mower blades sharp can prevent your lawn from browning and protect your grass from further harm.

These tips can help protect your lawn from the intense summer heat, but the truth is that the best way to maintain a healthy lawn through the summer is to take care of it year-round. Your lawn will handle the summer more easily if it is kept in a state of good health throughout the year. This means keeping up with your mowing, as well as proper fertilization, watering, and pest control. These elements combine to help produce a consistently healthy lawn that will be more than ready when next summer rolls around. For more summer lawn care information, please contact the experts at Turf Shield today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more lawn care tips and updates.