Summer Lawn Care
Summer is the time to really enjoy the work you’ve done on your lawn.
The long warm days are perfect for just relaxing and appreciating your great looking grass.
However there are still some things you need to do to maintain its lush appearance.
What happens to your lawn in the summer?
While spring saw an increase in the rate of growth of your grass, the warmer summer temperatures see growth slowing slightly. If temperatures rise significantly your lawn may face the risk of drought. This can lead to weakened grass roots, and patches of dry or brown grass. How badly your lawn is affected will be dependent both on the varieties of grass that make up your lawn, and how well you have maintained your lawn the rest of the year.
How can you look after your lawn in summer?
If drought is a problem than the most obvious solution is to water your lawn. You should water the lawn when the soil is dry but before the grass starts to become brown, although the Royal Horticultural Society suggest that watering is not usually necessary as the grass generally recovers well by itself.
If you do need to water your lawn be careful not to use too much water as this can encourage moss and some lawn diseases. Watering the lawn in the evening or late afternoon reduces the amount of water lost through evaporation and so is less wasteful. Of course if there is a hosepipe ban in force you will not be able to water your lawn.
Your lawn should need mowing less regularly than it did in the spring. You can continue using the lower blade height that you used during late spring, however if drought becomes a problem you may want to raise this in order to allow the grass to trap moisture. You should also cut the grass less frequently in periods of very hot weather.
How can All Green help?
Summer is the time that you often discover the presence of chafer grubs or leatherjackets in your lawn. All Green can treat both of these pests, and others, safely and efficiently with biological nematodes. Rust diseases are also sometimes evident in late summer and we can treat these very effectively.
As far as feeding your lawn and controlling weeds, All Green generally recommends 2 periods of treatment; in early and then late summer. Carrying out 2 sets of treatment allows us to ensure that fertilisers and weed killers are specifically targeted to your lawn’s changing needs. All Green’s free lawn analysis will determine the best treatments for your summer lawn.