SUMMER LAWN LOVE
Today’s blog, we’re gonna go over all the ways you can love your lawn in the summer! It can be tricky to figure out the perfect regimen but as always, we got you covered.
Here in Colorado the 3 most popular types of grass are; Kentucky Bluegrass, Tall Fescue and Perennial Ryegrass. Particularly Kentucky Bluegrass because of its cold tolerance and ability to rejuvenate when warm weather returns. Kentucky bluegrass lawns may require 2.5 inches of water or more per week during the heat of summer. Watering two days a week should be sufficient during most of the summer. If needed, water a third day during extreme heat or dry periods. A cool trick to test if your grass needs a drink, simply walk on it: If your footprints don’t disappear quickly, it’s because the grass blades don’t have the needed moisture to spring back. The best time of day to water your lawn is between 10pm to 6pm. It’s also important to remember to water less frequently but more heavily, allowing water to soak deeper into the ground.
The key to a perfect mowing schedule is mow high and mow often. The most common mistake made is mowing too short. Mowing at 3 inches will increase your turf’s heat and drought tolerance. Much like watering, plan to mow your lawn during the evening after the heat of the day has passed.
Fertilizing your lawn improves lush, green growth and aids in disease resistance. Our 5 application program is specialized to hit your lawn at just the right times to keep its luscious, emerald brilliance. Our fertilizers additionally pair with a weed control treatment so that’s double the lawn love!
“One way to know how much fertilizer to apply is to take a soil test. If an analysis is not feasible, Table 1 shows the proper timing and amounts for various lawn types common in Colorado. The table assumes that all lawn clippings are left on the lawn to be recycled naturally. Keep in mind that over-fertilizing and other poor cultural practices are the primary reasons for thatch buildup, not grass clippings” – Colorado State University Extension, 2018.
Want to get your soil tested? Follow this link.
With all that in mind, don’t forget . . . Autumn Tree loves your lawn and if you need any help give us a call!