Summer is the time when your lawn and trees are at their most vulnerable. High heat, stress from drought, and a variety of pests and diseases can make things tough for your plants. That’s why summer lawn care is more important than ever. At TruGreen Midsouth, we want your yard to be healthy and strong all year by offering you these helpful summer lawn care tips.
Weeds are a nuisance all year, requiring you to stay vigilant. Weeds, like crabgrass, are much stronger than your grass and plants and can crowd them out if not treated quickly. Weed prevention in the summer is about boosting the health of your turf and targeting weeds wherever they pop up.
Water and fertilize your grass regularly according to your grass type. This will thicken up your lawn and prevent weeds from getting a foothold in your yard. Target stray weeds with post-emergent weed control before they get the chance to release their seeds into your yard.
In the summer we usually experience hotter days and less rain. With the heatwave we recently experienced, your grass is probably feeling the burden. Help your grass out by raising your mower a little higher. This will help your grass preserve more water for those long, dry stretches. By keeping your grass higher, you can slow down the evaporation of the water in the soil. Don’t let your grass grow too high or it will attract pests such as fleas, ticks, and mole crickets.
Your grass needs to be watered regularly in order to survive the hot summers. If you don’t follow proper watering techniques you could be faced with lawn pests, disease, and fungus. The key to getting your grass enough water is to water early and not as often. If you water during the afternoon, your grass won’t have enough time to absorb the water it needs before it evaporates. If you water too late in the day, it won’t have enough time to evaporate and could breed mold and fungus such as brown patch. Watering early in the morning is the best time. It allows your grass to drink what it needs and has enough time to dry before night.
The trees and shrubs on your property need to be looked after too. To keep your trees and shrubs healthy, you need to follow a regular fertilization and pest control schedule to keep them strong. Dormant oil applications can help prevent pest infestations and the diseases they bring along with them, while deep root fertilization is a great way to get your tree the nutrients it needs. For the best in tree and shrub care, contact us about our tree and shrub program.
Pests are a huge problem in the south. They can run you out of your backyard and cause a lot of damage to your trees and lawns. The best way to prevent damaging insects is with careful observation and preventative measures.
Take your backyard back with mosquito prevention techniques. This includes eliminating standing water in various areas around your yard such as gutters, flowerpots, birdbaths, and other objects.
Fire ants, in large numbers, can do a great deal of damage once they move in and start feeding on the roots of your grass. These pests aren’t easy to eliminate and are very aggressive when provoked. Be extremely cautious if you have pets or children who like to play in the backyard.
These barely-visible bugs kill your grass by sucking the water right out of the blades and injecting them with a poison that blocks the flow of water from the roots. Left unchecked, chinch bugs can destroy huge swaths of your turfgrass in a single season.
At TruGreen Midsouth, we understand how important your lawns and trees are to you and your family. That’s why we are dedicated to helping you keep your landscapes looking their best. Let our lawn care experts help you out this summer.