Prevent Your Grass from Drying out This Summer

The dog days of summer will be here before you know it. Strong summer heat can drag you down and take your energy with it. The same can happen to your lawn. Consistent heat and dry air often contribute to signs of stress on grass, but don't let the summer warmth get the best of your lawn.
 
Consider implementing these steps all summer long to keep a green lawn - even during the hottest months.

 

Tricks & Tips

Keep grass long
Raise the length of your mower to a half-inch higher than usual. Longer grass in summer allows the blades to shade the crown and protect it from burning. Keep in mind, grass varies by region. Cool-season grass and warm-season grass tend to require different types of maintenance. Educate yourself on your lawn before making a decision.
 
Use functional water equipment
An automated sprinkler system is the most convenient and efficient way to water your lawn. You don't have to waste time connecting a hose to a sprinkler or worry about remembering to turn off the water. If a system is too expensive, a manual sprinkler can do the trick. Strategically place it in sections to cover grassy areas to ensure the entire lawn is watered. Don't waste water by having it accidently sprinkle walkways or patios. 
 
Water early 
Knowing when and for how long to water your grass keeps it healthy. To start, water grass very early when the air is still cool - around sunrise is best. This gives the grass blades time to dry out in the summer sun before nightfall. 
 
Water less frequently 
Instead of watering your grass lightly more frequently, water it only a few times per week for longer periods of time. A stronger concentration of water creates deeper root growth and a better tolerance to drought. Mirror a good rainfall to determine how much water your grass needs. Water grass for about 20 minutes a few times each week, or more pending on geographic location.