Here at Longevity, we like to get down to the three simple rules of lawn care. Follow these steps to the letter, and you’ll have a lawn worth fawning over all summer long—the kind of yard that’ll have everyone on the block just begging to come over for some ice-cold lemonade to cool down with after one hot and sweaty day. The sort of grass that inspires your neighbors to live up to the old adage for themselves: after a few growing seasons, no one will know whose grass is actually greener. In order of importance:
Water, Water, Everywhere
Water your lawn by at least one inch in depth per week, and preferably split into two sessions at a half-inch. If Mother Nature graciously decides to help you out, adjust accordingly (keep a lookout on any weather website for rainfall totals). The amount of effort required will depend on your set up: whether you have an irrigation system, a bunch of hoses and timers—-or if you’re watering your lawn by hand—make sure your lawn is hydrated—it’s thirsty out there.
Fun with Fertilizer
You’ll want either custom or generic fertilizer, but it can be difficult to recommend a fertilizer without knowing exactly what your soil needs: if you can, consult with a lawn care professional about identifying your lawn’s needs and which fertilizer will work best for you. Believe it or not, your results with any fertilizer will vary depending on the time of the year that you’re putting it down. During growing fescue in the summer, you might want a “slow-release” fertilizer that you lay down before the end of the month. Milorganite works well for that. September applications can be a quick release, and anything that works for your budget should be fine. By November, you’re definitely in “quick-release” territory. Remember: the point of the fertilizer is to have helpful microorganisms in the soil eat it up, and release nitrogen into your soil as a by-product. Put it down on any day that ends in “Y” and as much as your budget allows.
Whackin’ Weeds with Weed Killer
Get yourself some weedkiller that kills crabgrass and other broadleaf weeds. Find a bottle that screws onto your hose, so it’s impossible to miss a single, pesky one. Here again—if your lawn is overrun—it might be time to consult with the experts that make their living getting rid of weeds. Even then, the weeds don’t shrivel and die on contact, it takes a bit for them to show signs of stress. Don’t worry, and be patient: your lawn might look a little worse for wear as all the weeds are dying, but it’ll fill back in with the good grass. Consult with Lawngevity today for a plan to make your summer lawn the most beautiful it’s ever been.