When I first began maintaining a lawn, I knew nothing about lawn care. I thought that all there was to it was mowing, and the mower was to be kept at the same height all year-long.
This is true only if you really don't care what your lawn looks like. If you want your grass to be lush and green all season long, you will need to put some care into it. There is more to summer lawn care than meets the eye. Here are some tips to maintaining a lush and green lawn through the summer.
There is a lot yo mowing. When I first began mowing my lawn, I kept it at the same lenght all summer long. There are many factors involved in maximizing your grass so it looks its best through the summer. The first part is to sharpen your blade. a dull blade will tear your grass rather than cut it nicely. If you have no idea how to sharpen the blade, your local lawn mower repair service will be able to do this for you.
You will also need to keep your lawn a bit longer in the summer than you did in the spring. My process of trial and error has left me with an optimum height of 4 inches.When I researched the issue I came up with a height of 3.5 to 4 inches, so I wasn't far off. Adjust the height of your cutting blade by adjusting the wheels on your motor. Most mowers have a toggle right on the wheels. After you adjust the height, cut a small area and look at the grass. If you are happy with the height, then you are done. If you are not, then try again.
Grass naturally dries up in the late summer when rainstorms are few and far between. You will need to water your grass regularly if you want it to thrive. Ensure that you water it evenly or you will have lush green areas, rather than a lush green lawn. The best time to water is either early in the morning or at dusk. Too much water evaporates if you sprinkle during the heat of the day. Before you begin sprinkling, make sure that your local municipality doesn't have a ban on it. Some will only allow you to water on even-numbered days. Every city does this a little different, so make sure that you understand the local laws first.
In addition to fertilizing, you will also need to apply a weed control agent. Some brands offer what is called a "weed and feed." These do the double duty of feeding your lawn and controlling weeds. Again, if you are not familiar with the process, ask the owner of your local greenhouse or lawn care center before you just throw fertilizer on your lawn. Some of these fertilizers will kill your grass if you don't water it for hours after applying. There are so many different kinds of fertilizer out there on the market that I would recommend consulting a professional before you spend your money purchasing one.
It takes some work to make your lawn look just right. Don't be surprised if it takes you a couple of seasons before you are happy with the way it looks. With proper lawn care, before you know it you too will have that lush green yard that everyone will gawk at.