Combating Lawn Heat Stress
Summer heat stress can be a problem and can cause many issues for your lawn including disease, insect infestation, weed infestation, and overall poor health. The good news is, you can take some easy steps to help your lawn cope with the stresses of summer.
What Is Heat Stress in Lawns?
Extended periods of hot days and high humidity is certainly a challenge for every lawns. It causes soil to dry faster, starting at the top. If your lawn roots have remained closer to the surface, your lawn will quickly begin to suffer in a heatwave and start to dry out.
Your lawn is experiencing heat stress if the color quickly starts to brown and become hay-like in color. You may also notice the dried grass disappears and your lawn will appear patchy and is at risk of dying off.
How to Combat Lawn Heat Stress?
We recommend the following tips in order to maintain a healthy, intact lawn during the extreme heat of summer.
Refrain From Cutting Too Short
One common mistake made by most homeowners is cutting a lawn too short. Cutting a lawn too short reduces the plants’ ability to produce energy for growth. However, grass develops stronger roots that support more vigorous plants that are more tolerant of stress when cut at the proper height.
Water Early In the Morning
Water early in the morning, starting around 5 to 6 am. It will allow your lawn to absorb the most amount of moisture without evaporation taking its toll.
Hold Off on Feeding Your Lawn
Lawns that are stressed-out are not growing. So, feeding them won’t help much! The best time to feed your lawn is before the hot, dry weather arrives. Feed your lawn once the weather cools down and rain returns to help your lawn recover quicker.
The best way to control weeds is by often keeping a healthy lawn and regular mowing. You can apply a pre-emergent herbicide that will prevent weeds such as crabgrass and other grassy weeds from germinating. But, always remember to read and follow label instructions before applying any chemical to your lawn.
Do Not Walk on Your Grass
When you walk on a dry lawn, the grass stays beaten down, and the grass itself can be damaged. Additionally, heavy foot traffic on wet soil can lead to soil compaction, which keeps air from getting to grass roots.
If Necessary, Call in the Experts
To care for your heat stressed lawn, contact the lawn maintenance experts at Just Right Lawns today. Diagnosing the problem can be tricky, but we can help you determine exactly what ails your lawn.