Win at Summer Lawncare

A Guide To Navigating the Summer Heat

Every season brings its challenges and the summer is no different. Fertilizers and products that may have worked in the spring, applied now could potentially lead to lawn burn. If your lawn is healthy and green, it may become a feasting ground for grubs and larvae. So how can you navigate through the struggles of summer lawncare to keep your lawn lush and green through the season? Don't worry, the experts at Rocky's Ace Hardware are always here to help!

Green grass to show the benefit of healthy summer lawncare
Picture that shows burnt grass.

What is Lawn Burn

Fast-releasing fertilizers work great when waking up your lawn from a distressing winter. In early spring, it's vital to provide your lawn with nutrients as a sort of wake up call. However, as the season's progress and the temperatures raise, the fast-acting nitrogen in early fertilizers can do more harm than good. If your lawn consumes too much nitrogen in a short time, it won't absorb any water. This eventually causes your grass to turn brown as if burned.
Helpful Tip: Don't use fertilizers designed for spring use or any weed and feed products when its 85° or higher.

Fertilize Without Lawn Burn

Fertilizing your lawn in summer is essential for keeping your grass lush and protecting your yard from the harshness of heat and draught. When choosing the right lawn food, look for bags with low or slow-releasing nitrogen. If you're following the Scott's 4-step program, learn when to apply Step 4 here.

Tip: Have you noticed that three-digit number on the front of fertilizer bags? It represents the three main fertilizer nutrients (nitrogen: N, phosphorus: P and potassium: K). Each nutrient is designated by a number — a percentage of the pounds per hundred pounds of fertilizer. Choose fertilizer high in nitrogen for fast-growing grass. For good flower and vegetable production, choose fertilizer high in phosphorus. Choose fertilizer high in potassium to toughen your plants against disease and winter′s cold.

Summer Lawncare Includes Grub Control

If you're doing everything right with your fertilizers, it might be a a good idea to check for grubs. One of the easiest ways to diagnose grub damage (besides seeing the pests for yourself), is to tug at the patches of grass where you see damage. If the grass comes up with no resistance, grubs have more than likely been feasting on the roots.

Make it part of your yearly summer lawncare to apply grub control alongside your 4-Step or fertilizing schedule. Just one application of grub killer can effectively kill those little pests all season long. If you need some recommendations for grub killers, here are a few of our favorites:

Helpful Tips

Save your lawn by just adjusting your mowing techniques. Make sure to follow these tips and tricks for the best results.

  • Mow early or late and avoid cutting your grass during the height of the heat
  • Cut long, around 3 inches - the longer the blade, the stronger the root
  • Leave behind grass clippings to help your lawn retain moisture.
  • Space out when you mow your lawn. Mowing once a week can actually stress your lawn and provide weaker results
  • Once your grass grows dormant, don't mow and DON'T FEED

Well that's about it for our helpful tips on Summer Lawncare. Check back for more helpful tips, articles and how-tos from your favorite local hardware store!

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