Everybody 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.