How to care for your lawn in summer
Drought and heat can have an adverse effect on your lawn during the summer months, so it’s important to take care of it to maintain its colour and vigour. Find out how to care for your lawn in summer with expert advice from Essex turf grower and supplier, Paynes Turf.
Mowing the lawn
As the temperature rises the growth of grass slows down, so mow your lawn as and when necessary. Be aware that extreme heat can have a detrimental effect on grass so make sure the lawn doesn’t become stressed (the grass will turn brown and growth rate will be minimal) as a result of mowing the lawn too short or too often. In fact leaving the length of the grass a little longer during very hot weather will help to protect the lawn from damage by the sun and through lack of water. However remember to always follow the golden rule of mowing grass – never cut more than a third off the top of the grass at any one time.
Watering the lawn
Watering a lawn during the summer months here in the UK isn’t normally necessary, and many houses are now fitted with water metres, which makes watering the lawn during times of drought both expensive and wasteful. If you can, try to avoid lawn problems associated with drought (dying, slow growing grass) with a year-round lawn care maintenance programme. This will include feeding, aerating, scarifying, and regular mowing. However, if your lawn care isn’t quite up to scratch and the lawn is looking a little worse for wear (due to lack of rain) then the only way to remedy this is to water it. Water the lawn early in the morning or late in the evening so that moisture is retained in the soil and grass. In addition, don’t mow the lawn until it starts to grow again. The good news is that once the rains return the lawn should soon recover from any damage.