Now that the hot summer temps are hitting us here in Kennewick and the rest of the Tri-Cities. It’s time to raise the mower height that you are cutting your lawn. Taller grass blades help protect the crown of the grass plant from the hot sun and also keeps the soil moist longer.
Proper watering schedules will not only save your grass but will save your wallet as well. Instead of watering multiple times every day for short periods. Longer watering times gives the lawn time to soak it in and lets the water travel down to the root zone of the plant.
TREAT for GRUBS
We will soon be seeing Japanese Beetles, June Bugs and Chinch bugs in our lawns if not treated properly. Most bugs lay their eggs in the early summer and they hatch and live in the soil until the following season as grubs until emerging to start all over again the following season while feeding
on your lawns root system.
We all love our pets but sometimes Fido can leave your lawn stressed out. If you see spots from where your dog has urinated, you can flush the area with water to dilute the soil. Creating an area for your dog to go and training him to use it is the best option.
KEEP OFF THE GRASS
When the temps are really hot keeping foot traffic to a minimum is a good idea. Parking on the lawn is always a bad idea, the cars heavy weight will quickly lead to compaction which opens the door to many other issues.
KEEP THOSE BLADES SHARP
Dull mower blades rip the grass instead of cutting it which opens the door for disease to move into your lawn.
MULCH THAT LAWN
Leaving clippings on the lawn is always a good idea and another money saver. Properly mulched clipping will break down and return much needed nitrogen to your lawn.
FERTILIZE YOUR LAWN
While the most common type of grass in Kennewick is considered a cool season grass and we do not want to over fertilize during the summer we can still add much needed micro nutrients to the soil to help with up coming heat. If you have warm season grass in your lawn then this is the time to feed it.
KEEP IT CLEAN
We all want to enjoy our lawn and having fun can sometimes leave the lawn stressed, but before we call it a day and go in for the evening lets pick up our toys. Leaving things lying on the lawn for too long can leave dead spots.
If you haven’t already put down a weed control product there is still time to get ahead of some weed issues. Better late than never.