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Communications May 8, 2019
Top Summer Lawn Care Tips
Love your lawn, and your lawn will love you. These words ring true for Jeff Heilers, horticultural operations coordinator at Mercer Botanic Gardens. The challenge with summer lawn care is knowing how to beat the Texas heat.
“People think their yard needs more water just because it’s hot outside,” Heilers said. “The truth is, if you’re not careful, you can overwater. Too much water can hurt your lawn almost as much as not watering it at all. It can also create fungi and eventually brown patch, which looks like a bruise across the yard.”
May is the ideal time to prepare your lawn for the harsh summer months, before temperatures start to rise significantly.
“You should fertilize your lawn at least once by the end of May,” Heilers said.
Water your lawn early in the day, Heilers said, preferably between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. for approximately 20 minutes. Watering deeply, but less often, will encourage the roots to grow deeper.
“By watering in the morning, you rehydrate the soil, which in turn rehydrates the plant,” said Heilers. “If you can’t water early, don’t worry. As long as you water by noon, you’re in good shape.”
Water evaporates too quickly in the middle of the day. Watering in the evenings can cause water to cling to grass blades overnight, which may lead to lawn diseases.
Another way to keep your lawn healthy is to allow grass to grow longer by raising lawnmower blades 3 inches above the soil line.
“By raising the blades during the summer months, you protect the grass from the heat and sun,” Heilers said. “You can go back and lower the blades for winter in October.”
Knowing how and when to water and fertilize are also important. Heilers offered a few lawn care dos and don’ts below:
Fertilize in spring Water too much
Water before noon Water during the wrong time of day
Raise blades 3 inches above soil line Water at night
Most of all, Heilers advised residents to maintain a consistent mowing and watering schedule. With a little work and consistency, you can ensure your lawn stays lush through the summer.