- Water in the early morning. During this time of day, there is less moisture lost to wind and evapo transpiration (loss of water from plant tissue) than there would be during the middle of a hot day.
- Consider mulching your grass. This returns needed nutrients to your yard.
- Apply herbicides to kill crabgrass and weeds. By mid-summer, your spring treatment and pre-emergent may start to break down and crabgrass and other weeds could appear. Another application may be necessary.
- Maintain consistent mowing. Mow according to the one-third rule – it is best to cut off no more than one-third of the entire grass blade. Height for most residential lawns is 3 ½ to 4 inches. Tall grass encourages deeper root growth and better drought tolerance. Make sure that the blade is sharp. Dull blades thrash the grass, they don’t cut it.
Summer heat can wreak havoc on your lawn. But don’t despair, smart lawn management can help you keep things looking great all summer long: