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Summer Lawn Care Guide

Summer is here, and it's time to enjoy the warm weather, host barbecues, and spend quality time in your backyard. However, with the rising temperatures and increased foot traffic, your lawn requires some extra attention to maintain its lush green appearance. Today we will explore essential tips and tricks to keep your yard looking vibrant and healthy throughout the season.

  1. Regular Mowing: As the temperatures rise, grass tends to grow faster. Set your mower to a higher cutting height, typically around 3 inches, to provide shade for the soil and promote deeper root growth. Aim to mow your lawn regularly, ensuring you never remove more than one-third of the grass blade's height at once.

  2. Watering Wisely: Watering is crucial during the summer, but it's essential to do it right to prevent water waste and promote healthy growth. Water deeply and infrequently, aiming for 1-1.5 inches of water per week, including rainfall. Water your lawn early in the morning to reduce evaporation and allow sufficient time for the grass to dry before nightfall, which helps prevent disease.

  3. Fertilization: To ensure your lawn remains healthy and vibrant throughout the summer, provide it with the right nutrients. Apply a slow-release, nitrogen-rich fertilizer at the beginning of the season to stimulate growth. Avoid fertilizing during hot and dry periods, as it may stress the grass. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for application rates and timings.

  4. Aeration and Overseeding: If your lawn experiences heavy foot traffic or shows signs of compacted soil, consider aerating it. Aeration involves perforating the soil to allow air, water, and nutrients to reach the grass roots, promoting healthier growth. After aerating, overseed the lawn to fill in bare spots and strengthen the turf.

  5. Pest Control: Summer brings various pests, including insects like grubs and chinch bugs. Monitor your lawn regularly for signs of pest infestation, such as brown patches or wilting grass. Consider using organic or targeted insecticides when necessary to control the pest population effectively. Additionally, encourage beneficial insects like ladybugs and lacewings, which feed on pests, by planting flowers they are attracted to.

  6. Protection from Heat Stress: High temperatures and intense sunlight can cause heat stress in your lawn. To protect your grass, avoid walking on it during the hottest parts of the day, provide sufficient shade through trees or umbrellas, and avoid using heavy equipment that may compact the soil. Proper watering and regular mowing also help maintain the lawn's resilience against heat stress.

With a little extra care and attention, your lawn can remain lush and vibrant throughout the summer season. By following these essential summer lawn care tips, you can keep your yard healthy, resilient, and enjoyable for all your outdoor activities. Remember to adapt your lawn care routine based on yourspecific grass type, as different grasses may have unique needs. Embrace the summer and revel in the beauty of your well-maintained lawn!


Coldwell Banker Lifestyles, joined the Coldwell Banker brand in 2016, and is a member of the prestigious Coldwell Banker Chairman’s Circle as one of the top Coldwell Banker affiliated companies in the world.  Coldwell Banker Lifestyles has approximately 150 real estate sales professionals in 10 offices throughout New Hampshire, Vermont and Western Maine, working to guide buyers and sellers to successful real estate transactions.

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