There’s no doubt that a green lawn will boost your curb appeal and make your backyard more inviting, but the summer heat can take a toll. While we wish that watering was enough, the truth is that a lush lawn in summer requires assistance throughout the year to help it grow healthy and strong. Here are five tips to help keep your lawn green this summer:
1. Choose the Right Grass
Depending on the grass species, your lawn may do better in cooler or hotter months. Notably, cool-season and hot-season grasses have different growth cycles. Ontario is best suited to cool-season grass, which can withstand our long winters and dry spells. Bags of Scott’s Lawn Seed will often contain a variety of species to produce the best results.
2. Water Your Lawn Less and Deeply
If you overwater your grass, it will rely on a regular water supply. The less you water, the hardier your lawn will become as it develops a deeper root system. Water your lawn deeply once a week with a sprinkler system to encourage healthy root growth. Invest in a sprinkler controller to take care of the watering schedule for you.
3. Water Your Lawn Early
Water your lawn early in the morning to enable excess water to evaporate throughout the day. Having a moist lawn overnight can result in fungus growth infecting your property. Stick to morning waters for a healthier, more durable lawn.
4. Correct Your Mowing Technique
Improper mowing techniques can kill your lawn. Ensure your mower blades are kept sharp for a clean cut. Avoid cutting it to less than 3-3 ½”. Cut a little bit often to help shade and protect your lawn’s delicate root system. Mow early in the morning or late in the afternoon for best results.
5. Fertilize Regularly
Fertilize your lawn every 6-8 weeks for beautiful green grass year-round. Choose Scott’s fertilizer with a low nitrogen content to prevent the grass from growing too quickly.