Summer is here and there is no denying that it is beyond hot outside. The peak of summer means that the heat is no joke, you have the most foot traffic, and weeds are ready to move in. By changing a couple of habits like cutting your lawn a certain length or paying attention to the time you are watering it, you can help your lawn withstand environmental stressors. We have provided a list below of advice to keep your lawn intact and healthy during the heat of summer.
Did You Know? In the summer, your lawn requires about 1 inch of water to remain healthy in the heat. The spring showers make this easy, but what happens when spring passes and you find yourself in a drought? This is a question many commercial property owners ask themselves. You will want to pay attention to when and how much you are watering your grass. If you wait to water in the heat of the day, most of the water will be lost due to evaporation, leaving your lawn even drier. Not to mention you will be wasting buckets of water which can be a costly endeavor. Try watering your lawn in the early morning or late evening. Waiting until these times will help your lawn’s root system soak in and absorb the moisture.
By prepping your lawn in the spring, you will have a big pay off later in the season. During these hot summer months, your lawn creates an extensive root system. One small, wise investment is a mulching mower. A mulching mower allows mulched grass to settle into the lawn. These grass clippings can help recapture moisture to keep your lawn hydrated. If you prefer fertilizer for your commercial properties lawn, reach out to the experts at GrassHoppers for a treatment that is safe for both pets and children.
A common mistake made by commercial property owners is cutting your lawn too short in the summer heat. By cutting it short, it reduces the plant’s ability to produce energy for growth. Grass develops stronger roots when cut to the proper height. When contemplating the right height for your grass, remember the “one-third” rule: never remove more than one-third of the grass height at one time. This way the lawn is kept cooler because less plant tissue is removed.
Keeping your grass healthy during the heat of summer is just one piece of the puzzle. Season-long care should include proper fertilization, watering, mowing, and controlled foot traffic. All of these play a huge factor in the health of your lawn.
We know your commercial property’s lawn can be a lot of work, especially living in South Florida and experiencing the hottest months and dry spells. If you are ready to let go of the time-consuming work and pass the torch over to the experts, we are here to help! Call us today for more information and a free estimate.