By the time July rolls around, we've usually spent a lot of time in our yards.
Your dog running around, having a catch and general wear & tear can leave your yard beat up by this time.
But with a lot of more summer left to enjoy you lawn, what are you to do?
Not to worry, we've got some simple tips to keep your lawn looking great all summer long.
A lot of foot traffic is one of your lawn's worst enemies. But we don't spend so much time maintaining our grass just to look at it. We want to be able to enjoy it, as well.
Your grass will take some abuse from an outdoor party or BBQ. To prepare, mow your grass two or three days prior to the party. The next day, water significantly. Then, the morning after the party, water significantly again and wait as long as possible to mow again. This gives your grass the time it needs to heal itself.
Whether it's from drought, insect damage, fungi or repeated animal intervention, your lawn will probably develop spots from time to time. The answer is most likely going to be fertilizer or some sort of seed.
- Drought - in hot climates with watering restrictions, avoiding the effects of drought are pretty much inevitable. In the hot, hot heat of the summer, starting from the top, blades of grass will shrink and wilt.
Making sure your lawn gets complete coverage from your sprinklers is key to consistently healthy grass. it's better to give your lawn one long soak at a time, rather than several smaller waterings.
- Insect Damage - this can usually be identified by an unsightly, spreading brown patch on your lawn. These pests include grubs, mites and earwigs.
The best way to deal with insects is to choose a specially-formulated fertilizer or pesticide. If you use a pesticide, apply it conservatively and also keep all pets away at least until it has dried.
- Lawn Fungus - this is often the product of drought. If that's the case, the solution could be as simple as watering trouble-areas more.
If you see brown rings in your grass, this is often fungus. Fungi move easily, so try to not walk all over infected areas. The easiest remedy is to feed your lawn with a store-bought fertilizer. Other options include adding compost to infected areas or to dethatch your lawn.
In a lot of cases, improving the health of your lawn can be as simple as applying a fertilizer. But it's not like you're just going to grab a handful of it and throw it your yard.
The best, most consistent way to treat your lawn is with a spreader. Whether it's tow-behind or walk-behind, you can ensure you cover all your lawn by taking passes up and down your lawn like you would with a mower.