Summers are extremely hot and dry in Texas and central Texas area including Bryan, College Station are no different. Hot and dry both of these can be fatal for a lawn if it is not properly cared for. Though, lawns require upkeep year round, there are several basic and easy steps you can take to make sure you lawn stays beautiful and survives hot Texas summer. Tip- Most of these should also be applied during other seasons as well.
WATERING (This is the single most important thing for summer months)
Watering frequently is necessary to keeping a lawn alive, but not just during the summer. However, watering must be done in a specific way to keep your lawn from dying during the summer. A lawn must be watered deeply in order for the grass to really absorb the water. Longer grass needs more water to survive. If watering is shallow, the roots of the grass will also be shorter. It is also best to water lawns earlier in the morning, to reduce waste.
FEED THE LAWN REGULARLY
Fertilizing your lawn is necessary for keeping it alive during the summer. The hot temperatures and dryness of summer can turn grass dry and the nutrients need to be replenished. Nutrients can be replenished by using the correct fertilizer for the grass type of your lawn. A well fed lawn is one of the best ways to keep your lawn alive during the summer. A well fed lawn will grow in thick, which cools the soil which helps the lawn handle the heat. However, keep in mind that if the grass in your lawn becomes dormant, feeding it will not help. Rain will revive dormant grass.
DO NOT CUT YOUR LAWN TOO SHORT
Most people do not know that cutting their lawn too short can be the main reason that grass becomes dry and may die. This is due to the fact that shorter grass has shorter roots. The longer the grass, the longer the roots. Longer roots are able to reach down for moisture, even in times of extremely high temperatures. Lawn mowers can be adjusted so that grass is left longer when mowed. This is a great habit to practice during the summer months.
Crisp and nutrient grass is not accomplished with dull blades. Be sure to keep your blades sharp so that you aren’t tearing your grass, but cutting it.
Mowing your lawn one or twice per week depending on moisture and drought conditions can make a difference. Also, mowing your lawn in multiple times in different directions with the aerator will help ensure air, water, and nutritious flow in your lawn.
Watch for weeds and care for the lawn with removing weed growth. It is typically easier to spot weeds if you have neglected your lawn a little longer with the growth of flowers in your lawn. You can resort to a weed killer, but you’ll need to refrain from mowing the lawn before applying the weed killing solution. Apply the weed killer in the morning when the lawn is slightly wet due to dew and abstain from cutting the line two to three days after applying the weed killer. NOTE: There are several ways of removing weeds from your lawn. Find the best fit for your lawn, the climate you live in, and your physical state as pulling weeds by hand can be strenuous and time-consuming.