1. FIND OUT WHAT KIND OF GRASS YOU HAVE
- Emerald and Z-52 Zoysia: 5-6 hours
- Tiftuf/TifGrand Bermuda: 4-6hrs
- Tifway Bermuda: 6-8 hrs
- Fescue: 2-4 hours
2. ESTIMATE HOW MUCH SUNLIGHT YOUR LAWN IS RECEIVING
- Full sun: area of your lawn that gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight
- Partial Sun: area of your lawn that gets about 3 hours of sunlight
- Shade: area of your lawn that gets less than 3 hours of sunlight
3. TAILOR YOUR LAWN CARE TO THE AMOUNT OF SUNLIGHT IT GETS
1. Mowing your lawn during the summer
The exposure your lawn has to the sun’s rays during the summer time is an important factor to consider when you head out to mow the lawn. To ensure a clean cut, keep your blade high and sharp. Blades that are low to the ground cut the grass too close to the roots where most of the moisture is held! Unless there is a drought, mow often, as a consistent mowing schedule encourages growth.
Knowing when to water your grass during the summer can be a daunting task. Watering too much can lead to burning your yard, while too little can cause it to die. The general rule of thumb is to water infrequently and deeply. The deeper the water penetrates the soil, the healthier your grass will be. Additionally, morning time is the best time to water, specifically from the hours of 6am-10am. This ensures that the most amount of water will be soaked up by the roots instead of evaporating.
3. Pick up after your pet
The innocent family dog can cause a lot of damage to your lawn during the summer months. As cute as your dog is, urination can cause brown spots in your lawn. To tackle this issue, flush these areas with water to dilute the urine as quickly as possible. You can also train your dog to do their business in an area other than the lawn.
1. Monitor trees and bushes
Trees and bushes are critical parts for filling out your lawn. One way to lessen the amount of shade they cast over your yard is to trim back some of the lower limbs and branches. This is a quick and easy way to allow more sunlight to reach those pesky shady spots of your yard.
Much like watering your grass in the sunny areas of your lawn, watering in the shade requires a little attention. Be sure not to over water this area as dampness can causes diseases and hamper your grass’ ability to grow.
3. Choose the correct seed
After evaluating the amount of shade your lawn receives, the next crucial step is to get the right type of seed. There are plenty of seed choices out that are are geared toward lawns with limited sunlight. Doing a little extra research on your seed choice will save a lot of headache down the road.
4. Know when to call a lawn care professional
DSLD is a full service landscaping company with a team of seasoned professional ready to help you get the most out of the lawn. Our team is highly experienced in dealing with lawn care issues in the summer and all seasons of the year. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have! DSLD is here to meet all your lawn care and landscaping needs. Contact us today.