You want to look out the window to view a lawn that is lush, green, and tidy… But lately, things are looking a little wild out there. If you’re wondering how to care for your lawn in the summer, you’ve come to the right place.

Early in the summer…

● Apply a light fertilizer, if needed, to support your lawn’s health
● Apply an appropriate weed control
● Identify pests to determine whether you have the kind that will harm your lawn (grubs and caterpillars)
● Observe your lawn regularly for wilting or brown patches; treat for pests or other culprits before the problem becomes severe
● Water deeply and regularly, preferably early in the morning
● Mow the grass “high” to ensure deep roots and moisture retention in the soil
● Leave the grass clippings on the lawn, and they will feed the soil as they break down

In the middle of summer…

● Don’t fertilize cool-season grasses, like fescue and Bermuda, during the height of summer
● Keep your mower blades sharpened
● Continue to mow high; cool-season grasses won’t grow rapidly during summer, so there’s no need to worry about the lawn getting out of control
● Continue to water deeply (at least one inch of water per week)
● Evaluate your lawn for signs of a fungal infection, and apply an anti-fungicidal treatment when needed
● Apply grub control to reduce hatching grubs in the coming months

In late summer…

● Mow the lawn very low, then aerate to relieve compaction and bring air to the roots
● For cool-season grasses, late summer to early fall is the time to apply fertilizer generously
● Overseed the lawn if areas have died during the summer

If you have any other questions about caring for your lawn this summer, don’t hesitate to call us. We can help you troubleshoot any problem areas and recommend the right treatments to fix them.

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