While it is only the middle of August, now is a good time to start thinking about getting your lawn ready for the next season. Sure, it’s Georgia, and we have several more weeks before it starts to feel like fall. But it never hurts to start planning now for the projects and tasks ahead. After all, you don’t want to have to start from scratch next year! To keep your yard looking fantastic, be sure to implement these tips as you look to the seasons ahead.
End of Summer Lawn Care Tips
- Don’t cut your grass too low! Ideally, you need to set your mower’s blades to be between 3 and 4 inches. Taller grass leads to deeper roots. Also, it keeps weeds from growing and will help your lawn sustain a possible water shortage.
- Keep your lawnmower blades sharp. Dull blades rip and tear the grass instead of cutting it. This will cause significant damage to the grass and can cause the grass to brown. By properly cutting your lawn, it will survive cooler months much better.
- Mow your lawn during the coolest time of day. The best time to cut your grass in the summer is morning or dusk. Extreme heat is not good for the grass. Cutting grass during the hottest time of the day can leave it further exposed to heat and cause damage. Also, don’t forget that your lawn doesn’t need mowing as often in the summer!
- Don’t obsess over collecting all the grass clippings. Grass clippings can help trap moisture in the soil and allow for better water absorption. Also, grass clippings can act as a sort of protective mulch.
- Water your lawn thoroughly at one time. It is healthier for grass to be watered in one-time frame. To get the most out of watering your lawn, it should also be done either in the morning or late evening hours.
- Prevent insects and diseases. Hot summer weather allows bugs and disease to attack your lawn. If you are concerned about insect and lawn disease, be sure to talk to your Outdoor Makeover & Living Spaces specialist.
- Aerate your lawn. After a summer of heat beating down on your lawn, you need to let it breathe. Aerating your lawn allows water, air, nutrients, and fertilizer to get to the roots of the grass. This will keep your grass healthier in the future.
- Reseed patchy or brown areas. Use a broadcast spreader to cover dead spots in your lawn with new seeds. This will allow grass to grow into those areas.
- Fortify your lawn with nutrients. When the weather begins to cool off, get your lawn ready by providing nutrients to your grass. Additionally, look to add mulching or use an organic fall winterizer. Having a great lawn next year begins now. Taking the time to prepare it now with be well worth the work.
By following these seasonal 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. Whether you are creating a new lawn or getting ready for cooler weather, Outdoor Makeover & Living Spaces is here to help!