Summer Lawn Care Tips

Whether lush green lawns surround your home, turned to frosty days, or snow-capped mountains, your yard and garden will change. Of course, how your property looks in every season is an indicator of the care and attention you give to it.

Summer Grass Care is a great time to fertilize as the grasses are very green and ready for planting. You can expect warm-season grasses like Bermuda, Zea Mays, St. Augustine grasses, zoysiagrass, and others to flourish with the heat. This care will keep your lawn clean and green.

Summer Lawn Care
Summer Lawn Care

Fall Fertilization should be done in late summer or early fall, depending on the cool-season grasses. Lawns that are near the ocean may benefit from fall cuttings. These come from cool-season lawns that have just started to flower. If you do not want to go through the trouble of planting seeds in a lawn, cutting back from a garden will help cut down on the amount of work needed to do the job.

Warm-season grasses such as St. Augustine, Zea Mays, and other warm-season grasses get best fertilized in late summer or early fall. In the winter, cool-season grasses such as Bermuda, Zea Mays, and St. Augustine grasses, especially in the first part of the season, are best fertilized at the beginning of spring. These will not require much fertilizing during the colder months when there is less heat.

Summer Lawn Care Mowing
Summer Lawn Care Mowing

Fall Fertilizing is suitable for cooler cool-season grasses. These cool-season grasses need low nitrogen fertilizer in the winter, while those in the spring will benefit from high nitrogen fertilizer.

Winterizing is when cool-season grasses need a low amount of fertilizer, while those in the warm season will benefit from a high amount of nitrogen in the fall. However, an essential part of winterizing is in the fall before winter comes in. Fertilize for a week or two after a week in early September and a week in October. For these lawns, fertilizing should be done every six weeks.

Summer Lawn Care Clipping
Summer Lawn Care Clipping

When your lawn gets finished with winterizing, make sure you know the lawn type, if you fertilize for fall or the summer. Check the turf at least twice a year, and make sure the grass is dry. If it is not dry, then fertilize it more often.

If you want to maintain cool-season grasses, you can fertilize them more often. Fall and spring are great times for grass growth, but you will want to pay attention to the weather and change the fertilizer more often to control weeds.

Late summer and early autumn are great times to fertilize. There are also specialized fertilizing systems that will provide you with excellent results for late summer. It would help if you did not feed in the winter because the soil has an abridged growing season. Fertilizing after a snowfall in the fall is also an excellent way to control weeds in the winter.

Summer Lawn Care Fertilizer
Summer Lawn Care Fertilizer

Summer lawn care will include watering at least twice a week throughout the entire season. However, if you are having trouble with weeds in the summer, wait until the lawn is not too hot to water it. The grass will need the sun to help break down the soil, and the heat will help kill the weeds.

Fertilization should only get done when needed and once every two years if there are any plant problems. Be sure to check for weeds and fertilize regularly. In most cases, a regular application of some weed killer will solve the weed problems. The lawn will have more nitrogen in the fall than in the summer and winter, and the high amounts of nitrogen will kill weeds.

Also, late summer lawn care will require you to get more water. The lawn will need watering more often because it will be warmer. There will also be more dead leaves in the soil, which is not suitable for the grass. You want to keep the soil moist until the ground starts to dry out.