Caring for Your Lawn This Summer

Friday, July 17, 2015

Caring for your lawn

A beautiful, lush yard adds curb appeal and demonstrates pride in homeownership. It is a place for the kids to run around and for you to relax and enjoy the sun. It can also be a lot of maintenance. Here are a few easy tips to keep your lawn in shape this summer.

  • Mowing your grass every two weeks or so to the height of 2.5 to 3 inches will help shelter the roots from the sun. This will deter weeds from overtaking the yard and prevent water from evaporating. Keep in mind that if you cut it shorter than 2 inches, you will need to pull out the lawnmower more often.
  • One inch of water a week is all your lawn requires to thrive. Overwatering could lead to rot and disease in the roots. You can use any large can or container to determine the amount of rain in your area and adjust your water distribution accordingly.
  • Water evaporation is a common problem in yard maintenance. Give your grass a soak early in the morning, rather than later in the day when the sun is higher. The cooler morning temperatures help ensure that the water is absorbed by the soil - and not lost to evaporation.
  • Consider installing a rain barrel in your yard. It will collect the precipitation water from your roof or downspout and provide you with a fresh supply that you can use to keep your grass green and lush without relying on the storm water system. You can find more information on putting a rain barrel on your property here.
  • Take the guess work out of the equation. To determine if your lawn needs to be watered, simply walk across it. If you can see footprints, it is a sign that it’s time to pull out the hose.
  • Selecting the proper fertilizer for your yard is important. Organic materials such as compost or steer manure will give provide everything your lawn needs while avoiding chemicals that could contaminate water supplies or burn the grass.
  • Consider replacing your lawn with a drought-resistant alternative to dramatically reduce the need for watering, weeding and mowing.

Keeping your yard in its best shape doesn’t have to be a chore. If you give it what it needs, it will enhance your property, and give you and your family a memorable place to bond all summer long.

This article was originally published in June 2013, and has been updated for relevancy and content.

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