Summer is here! It’s time to be outside, out on the patio, out in the yard, hopefully on your green lush lawn! Except, maybe your lawn is already showing signs of stress and turning a bit brown? We expect a lot from our lawns regardless of the weather. The lawn care experts at Nutri-Lawn Vancouver can help.
The cool season grasses popular in Canada (fescue, rye, bluegrass, etc.) thrive in cooler, wet temperatures – more like we see in spring and fall. These grass types have a natural defense against drought though – they go dormant in the hot weather. Too many dormant/active cycles though and your grass will really suffer. Here are some tips to help you keep your lawn green this summer.
4 Tips For A Green Summer Lawn
Grass is like any other plant. It loves consistent amounts of water. Resist waiting until your lawn looks brownish to start watering, water consistently (think once a week) and make sure it’s a deep watering. You want the water to reach the roots so the plant grows strong. To avoid mold and fungus problems, the best time of day to water is first thing in the morning. Smart mowing practices will also help.
Grass that’s already stressed because of hot and dry weather will not withstand a lot of foot traffic. Especially those areas that are regularly used as a pathway (to a play area, garage or shed for instance). Encourage family members to vary their path to those locations to give the grass a bit of a break, or maybe consider adding a pathway with stones, pavers, or something similar. Might be nicer to look at than a brown path all summer.
Summer is not the best time to fertilize your lawn. There are exceptions (if you’re dealing with a lawn disease or infestation of some sort), but generally speaking, the best time to fertilize your lawn is spring and fall. Promoting new growth is not the way to deal with a lawn that’s gone dormant unless you remove the conditions that caused it to go dormant (high heat without enough water). Grass thrives in the cool wetter weather of spring and fall, so fertilizing in those seasons helps your lawn get healthy and thrive. Wait until a dormant lawn has turned green again before fertilizing.
Don’t Quit The Weed War
When the grass fails to thrive or goes dormant, weeds can take over. Weeds are often better equipped to survive in the hot summer months than the grass which prefers the weather more commonly found in the spring and fall. Weeds go to seed in the summer meaning they’ll be back again next summer with a vengeance if you don’t deal with them now. Call the lawn care experts at Nutri-Lawn Vancouver to learn about our weed control services. On the bright side, it’s easier to find the green weeds on a brown lawn so you won’t have to hunt as much!
We would be happy to answer any lawn care questions you may have. Request a free estimate today. Contact the experts at Nutri-Lawn Vancouver to give your lawn the edge it needs over weeds this season and have that lush green lawn you’ve always wanted!