3 ways to restore your grass after summer’s heat.
It seems inevitable – no matter how hard you work on your lawn in the spring, by summer, heat and drought have turned it to a brown eyesore.
Brian Birrenkott, horticulturist from The Scotts Company, says, “Your lawn can withstand very stressful conditions of heat and drought, and can go dormant for up to two months.” He says if you’re not using your lawn, let it go brown.
But there are some things you can do before, during and after the summer heat to keep your lawn at its best.
Before the heat
In the spring, feed your lawn one or two times with a product designed specifically for lawns. Mow your lawn at the right height, which Birrenkott says will generally be a longer length for cooler climates and a shorter length for hot climates. This will create a strong root system for your grass. Check with your local garden center if you don’t know the right mowing height for your type of grass.
During the heat
If you have kids or pets who use the lawn, you’ll want to water it. Birrenkott says to stay within local water restrictions. Water only once or twice a week, but water deeply – which will be about 30 minutes to 1 hour to get ½-inch of water in the ground. It’s best to water in the morning between 6 and 10 a.m. when the wind is calm and it’s cooler. Also, an impact sprinkler is better than an oscillating sprinkler because it shoots the water closer to the ground.
After the heat
Birrenkott calls the fall “second spring” for your lawn because you can really bring it back to life. Feed your lawn another one or two times to thicken the grass and patch any bare spots. Birrenkott also recommends mulching your leaves on your lawn instead of raking them, to return nutrients to the soil.