Now that August is here, kids are going back to school, and we are getting closer to fall. In a few weeks, the weather will start cooling off and the days get shorter. As summer transitions to fall, it is a great time to prepare your grass for the coming months. By preparing your lawn now, it will be healthy and ready to grow back next spring. Outdoor Makeover & Living Spaces provide end of summer lawn care tips to keep your yard looking great for the entire year.
End of Summer Lawn Care Tips
Adjust Lawnmower Height
Make sure your lawnmower is set to the ideal height for the grass. Ideally, the lawnmower blades should be set to between 3 and 4 inches. This allows the grass to grow enough to establish deeper roots. Mowing your lawn to the proper height also helps prevent weeds and helps the grass absorb and hold water,
Sharpen Lawnmower Blades
If the blades of your lawnmower are dull, they will rip the grass instead of cutting it. This causes significant damage to the grass and will turn the grass brown. Having sharp lawn mower blades will keep your lawn healthy and looking great. Sharpen mower blades after about 25 hours of mowing time.
Mow During the Coolest Part of the Day
Ideally, you should mow your lawn in the morning or at dusk. During the later summer months, grass can be exposed to extreme heat. High temperatures can damage the lawn. Further, cutting grass at the hottest time of the day exposes it to even more damage. By mowing the lawn during cooler parts of the day, you will allow the grass to stay as healthy as possible.
Don’t Worry Too Much About Grass Clippings
Leaving some grass clippings behind is actually a good thing. Grass clippings can help trap moisture in the soil and allows for better water absorption. Much like mulch for landscape plants, grass clippings provide a layer of protection for your lawn.
Water the Lawn at the Right Time
When watering your grass, it is best to do it all at once. Pick a time frame and thoroughly water the entire lawn. Much like mowing, it should be done either in the morning or late evening hours. If you water the lawn while it is too hot, much of the water will evaporate. Having a well-watered lawn helps prepare and protect it moving into fall.
Prevent Insects and Disease
Hot summer weather brings out the bugs. Not only are bugs a threat, so is lawn disease. Create a treatment plan to prevent insects and diseases on your lawn. By treating your lawn in the summer, it will be healthy enough to survive the cooler months with minimal damage.
Aerate Your Lawn
Between extreme heat and summer lawn activities, the soil of your lawn can be compressed and hard. If the soil is too compact, your lawn won’t be able to breathe and absorb water. Aerate your lawn allows water, air, nutrients, and fertilizer to efficiently get to the roots of the grass. The key to having a healthy lawn year-round is for the grass to easily absorb nutrients. Aerating the grass is one of the best things you can do to help this.
Re-seed Patchy or Brown Areas
Add new grass seed to areas where the lawn has turned brown or developed dead patches. Grass does not grow as quickly or easily in the later months of the year, so this is a great end of summer lawn care tip to take care of now. Use a broadcast spreader to cover dead grass spots with new seeds.
Fortify the Lawn with Nutrients
When the weather starts cooling off, preparing your lawn by providing nutrients. Fertilizing the grass now will allow it to be as healthy as possible for the next few months. Another great idea is to pick up an organic fall winterizer for your lawn. Organic lawn winterizers provide all the necessary nutrients, like nitrogen, for the lawn to survive fall and winter.
Keeping Your Lawn Healthy Year-Round
By following our end of summer lawn care tips, you can prepare your yard for cooler weather. Depending on the type of grass you have, you may need to adjust your grass maintenance plan. If you are ready for a new lawn or landscape for fall, now is the time to get started! Contact Outdoor Makeover & Living Spaces to design your own high-end outdoor living space.