Here in Georgia, the summer season can best be summed up in two words: hot and dry. And while we love our gorgeous southern weather, over time, the high heat can eventually take its toll on our grass, beds, and gardens.
Yes, sometimes getting our Georgia grass to thrive can feel like a full-time job, particularly during the drought conditions of the summer months. However, with a little careful planning and strategy, achieving a gorgeous, green, and lush lawn here is possible. Knowing a few simple tips can help you create a robust and healthy yard that will quickly become the envy of your neighborhood.
A strong, vibrant lawn all starts with choosing the right grass. As a southern state, Georgia homeowners should consider warm season grasses to give their property the best chance of success. Bermuda grass, Zoysia grass, and centipede grass are three varieties that fare well in our climate. A professional lawn care provider can help you decide which grass type will work best on your property.
Soil composition can always make a significant impact on the strength of our grass. Soil quality and balance can vary, not only on a state-to-state basis but also on a yard-to-yard basis. Testing your soil to determine pH and acidity levels can help you understand what’s lacking on your yard. A lawn and turf care firm can perform a test and make adjustments as needed to create balance throughout the soil.
Sometimes, even well-balanced soil doesn’t give our grass the nutrients it needs to support new, healthy lawn growth. Enter fertilization. A year-round customized fertilization program delivers critical micronutrients to the soil, nourishing the roots, and promoting vibrant, soft, golf course quality turf.
Proper watering plays a vital role in ensuring your grass establishes a long, deep, drought-tolerant root system. Many homeowners don’t realize that with watering, timing is everything. Watering your property in the morning, before the high heat sets in, will give you the best results. Spraying the grass early helps ensure that the water will penetrate to the roots and not evaporate in our blazing sun.
Weeds can run rampant all year long in Georgia, penetrating into our grass’s roots and choking out otherwise healthy plantings. The type of turf you have will determine what kind of weed-control strategy you should use. Partner with a professional lawn care provider to discuss the right weeding approach based on your grass and soil type.
Many homeowners assume that cutting their grass shorter in the summer will help give them a longer stretch before it needs to be mowed again. While this may be true, going too short with the grass can have serious consequences. Longer grass is better able to withstand the Georgia sun; going too short puts your lawn on the fast track to brown, dead grass blades.
Still, have questions about your Georgia lawn? Contact Environmental Turf Management today for a no-risk consultation about lawn care on your home or business property.