It is getting hot in the St. Louis area and with changes in weather come changes in your lawn.
Allen Outdoor Solutions wants to provide you with a few tips for making sure you have the best looking yard in the neighborhood during these hot summer month.
1 )When and how you water your lawn is the most important factor in the quality of your yard.
The industry standard for amount of water your lawn needs is roughly an inch of water per week or 1/2 an inch twice per week, whether the yard gets water manually or from rainfall. This can be measured with a can placed in the yard to collect water as you run your sprinkler or stand out there with a hose.
2 )It’s important to keep the right grass length to maintain a healthy and stress-free lawn.
The grass should be taller during the summer months, which will allow for deeper root growth and cover from the sun. The insulation also allows for the soil to maintain its moisture better. The general rule of thumb is to keep the grass roughly the same height as a soda can turned on its side.
3) Sharpen your blades. Dull mower blades tear the grass instead of cutting it.
Torn ends weaken the plant, reduce heat and drought resistance and increase the risk of disease.
4) Mulch the clippings.
Mulching the grass clippings returns valuable nutrients to your lawn and reduces the need for supplemental fertilizers. And, mulching won’t cause thatch buildup. Grass clippings are made mostly of water, and the remaining organic matter is broken down by the microorganisms that call your lawn home. Install a mulching kit and specific mulching blades for your mower to get the cleanest finish when mulching.
Make sure the grass is getting the proper amount of water at the right time, and ensure that the grass stays at the correct length.
Those two easy steps will keep your neighbors thinking the grass really is greener on the other side of the fence. If you need help, or you are ready to install a sprinkler system for easy watering give Allen Outdoor Solutions a call today!