In the spring it was all about getting your grass to green up early and prevent weeds. Now it’s summer and it’s all about keeping it green and healthy. It’s this time of year that can have a tremendous effect on a lawn. With the soaring Georgia temperatures and the rain coming less frequently it can put a lot of stress on your turf. Here are a few summer lawn care tips to keep your lawn healthy and beautiful.
Weeds are impossible to eliminate completely and by now you will have noticed a few stray dandelions or crabgrass ruining the look of your lawn. Post-emergent herbicides target broadleaf weeds but do not harm your grass as long as temperatures remain below 85 degrees for a couple of days. It’s more important now to stop weeds because if they go to seed they will carpet your lawn with seeds, setting you up for a weed-filled lawn next spring.
If rain is lacking in your area then here’s a tip: raise your mower blade. Taller grass holds more water and promotes deep root growth which will help it through those dry spells. Taller grass also keeps the soil cooler and holds water in longer.
Mower blades should be raised to 3”-4” for cool-season grasses and 2”-3” for warm-season grasses. Letting grass clippings settle helps lock in moisture as well.
Water is very important to your grass this time of year. If you have an underground sprinkler system then you don’t need to worry about dry spells or drought. When you do water, you want to be sure to water long enough for the water to soak deep to encourage roots to grow deeper. This will make your lawn more drought-resistant. Water in the morning so it has time to soak in before the heat of the afternoon evaporates it. Never water in the evening; wet grass at night can cause mold and fungus to grow.
Grubs and moles go hand in hand; if you have a grub problem you probably have or will have a mole problem. Grubs are the larvae of beetles such as the Japanese beetle, June bugs, and chafer beetles and they’re a tasty treat for moles.
When grubs are present they can attract moles, skunks, raccoons, and birds which dig up your yard. The damage they cause can take months to repair. At Environmental Turf Management, our mole removal team comes prepared to battle these subterranean menaces. We get rid of moles by eliminating what attracted the moles to your yard in the first place: grubs. By controlling grubs, moles and other animals will move on and leave your poor yard alone.