Tips to Help Your Lawn Beat the Summer Heat

If you live in a region that experiences scorching hot days in the summer, you're familiar with the effects the sun and heat has on grass. Without the proper care, the intensity of the sun can dry out, discolor and delay the development of your lawn.

Even though maintaining the beautiful yard you worked so hard for can sometimes be a challenge, you can help keep your lawn happy and healthy by following these simple summer lawn care tips to help it beat the summer heat.

  • Keep your grass longer in the summer months. When grass is longer, it prevents weeds from surfacing and competing for water. Also, when grass is taller, the roots are deeper and can reach moisture that is held deep in the soil.
  • Try to mow as infrequently as possible. When you do cut your grass, mow in the early morning or after sundown. When grass is freshly cut, it is more vulnerable to sun damage.
  • Water your lawn in the morning before sunrise, or in the evening after the sundown. Water attracts sunlight, making grass more likely to burn if watered in the bright daylight.
  • Keep your mower blades sharp and clean. A dull blade can cause the grass to fray, which is then more likely to lose moisture and discolor.
  • Leave grass clippings behind after mowing. Fresh-cut grass clippings provide valuable nutrients and moisture to your lawn, which are imperative in the dry summer heat.
  • Try to avoid heavy objects and foot traffic on your lawn. The extreme temperatures cause enough damage to your yard, so it can do without the added stress.