Green grass gives a sense of satisfaction. When it is well trimmed, the sight provides a feeling of pride and a sense of achievement. Summer is here again, and if things are not done right, the drought and hot temperatures might fry your grass.
If you do not want your grass to grow pale and brown or look unhealthy, you are in the right place. Below are a few reasons for unhealthy-looking grass and a few tips for you on how to maintain healthy-looking grass this summer.
Why Your Grass Is Unhealthy
- Improper and Inadequate Watering
Proper and adequate watering depends mainly on several factors. These factors include prevailing weather conditions, time to water, and the quantity of water to use.
Watering too late after the chilly hours of the day may cause too much of the water to evaporate. Watering with too much water may cause the roots to be flooded. The best time to water is in the chilly hours of the morning, right before sunrise. In the winter, water lightly to avoid flooding the roots, and in the summer, water more frequently prevents the grass from frying up.
- Insects and Diseases
The problem of insects and diseases occurs more frequently in the summer. As a result, the grass might begin to grow brown spots that stay even after the regular watering routine.
- Excess Traffic
People often put the ‘Do not Walk on Grass’ signs in their yard because they are aware that excess traffic can damage the health of the grass. Vehicle crossing the lawn and other activities stress the grass causing it to lose its strength.
Tips to Maintain Healthy Grass
- Adequate Watering
Water in the morning, preferably between 6 am to 9 am. This system will reduce the risk of water evaporation significantly. However, water beyond this time interval might not be beneficial for the grass since the sun will evaporate a lot of it before the grass has a chance at using it.
- Keeping Your Grass Longer
Avoid mowing your grass too short. Longer grass prevents roots from frying up and drying out quickly since the blades are high enough to protect them. Ensure that when you mow, the edges are at least three and a half inches long.
This is ensuring that your lawn has an adequate supply of air in its pores. One way of doing this is by using a garden fork. Push the pitchfork into the ground repeatedly at about half a foot interval. This is necessary to lesson water runoffs as the water sinks into these artificially made pores.
A healthy lawn requires hard work, consistency, and close attention. However, the few tips outlined above should do the trick. These hacks are the surest way to protect the health of your lawn this summer. So get right on to it!