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 officially feels 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! So, to keep your yard looking fantastic now, as well as later, be sure to implement these tips as you look to the seasons ahead.
9 Lawn Care Tips for Summer’s End
1. 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 will lead to deeper roots, keep weeds from growing and help your lawn sustain a water shortage.
2. Get your lawn mowers’ blades sharpened. A dull blade will cause significant damage to the grass, which can cause the grass to brown.
3. When mowing your lawn during the hottest time of the year (Yay, Summer!) it is always best to cut grass during the coolest time of day – ideally morning or at dusk. Additional lawn care tip – your lawn doesn’t need to be cut as often during the summer as the hot sun is bad for the grass!
4. When mowing your lawn, don’t obsess over collecting all the grass clippings. Rather let them stay where they fall as this helps trap moisture near the soil and actually helps your lawn stay healthier.
5. Rather than watering your lawn a little every day, it is healthier for it to be watered thoroughly in one time frame. To get the most out of watering, this should also be done either in the morning or late evening hours.
6. Hot summer weather can cause your lawn to be attacked by insects and disease. If you are concerned about insect infestations, be sure to talk to an Outdoor Makeover & Construction specialist.
7. Aerate your lawn. After a summer of heat beating down on your lawn, you need to let it breathe. Aerating your lawn will allow water, air, nutrients and fertilizer to get to the roots of the grass so that it will be healthier in the future.
8. If your lawn looks patchy in areas, or perhaps dry and brown, then plan on reseeding those areas using a broadcast spreader.
9. As summer turns into fall, take a day to get it ready for cooler temps by fortifying it with nutrients, mulching or an organic fall winterizer.
Having a great looking lawn next year, begins now. Taking time to prepare now will be worth it. If you have any questions or concerns about other lawn care tips, or are perhaps wanting to change your landscape for next year, talk to one of our knowledgeable pros at Outdoor Makeover & Construction
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