There are three main things to consider when prepping and caring for your lawn this summer: watering, mowing and fertilizing. Doing these things properly will give your lawn the best chance to overcome high temperatures and traffic.
First and foremost, your lawn needs consistent and sufficient watering. Keeping your lawn hydrated is the most important tip for overall health in the hot summer months. We recommend at least one inch of water per week, which includes rain water. If you don’t water on a regular basis, it’s actually better to not water at all because the grass will go dormant. Use a rain gauge to determine how much natural rain your lawn has received; that will determine how much extra watering you need to do. As you probably know by now, it’s best to water in the early morning to prevent evaporation.
Mowing your lawn goes hand-in-hand with watering. During the summer, it’s best to raise the blade on your mower. Longer grass promotes root health and prevents weeds from forming. It also keeps the ground surface shaded from the intense sun. As a rule of thumb, never cut your grass more than one-third the original height. So if your grass is five inches high, don’t cut it shorter than about three inches. Mowing regularly will insure that you don’t cut more than one-third of the grass at a time.
Fertilizing in the spring will help get your lawn ready for the summer. During the summer it’s recommended that you don’t fertilize in order to prevent your lawn from burning out. In high traffic areas, it’s okay to add fertilizer for an extra boost, but only if the grass is healthy and well-watered to begin with.
If you don’t already have the tools for taking care of your lawn you can rent them from Time Equipment Rental Sales. Owning a lawn mower can take up space in your garage and cost a lot of money.
“There’s no need to buy an expensive lawn mower, we have all the tools you need, from aerators to edgers. If your lawn is important to you, then trust us for all your lawn care tools,” said Phil Swaney, owner of Time Equipment Rental Sales.
A well-nourished lawn provides many options for recreation. By following these best practices you can provide a more enjoyable outdoor experience for your family and loved ones.
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Time Equipment has all the tools you need for summer lawn care and yard maintenance. They rent all kinds of mowers, aerators, overseeders and other equipment for landscaping and home improvement. Check out Time Equipment’s website at timerental.biz or call 605-348-2368 for more information.