Summertime Lawn Maintenance Checklist: Fertilization, Irrigation and Mowing

Summertime Lawn Maintenance

Summertime Lawn Maintenance Checklist: Fertilization, Irrigation and Mowing

Summertime Lawn Maintenance Checklist: Fertilization, Irrigation and Mowing

Summertime is the best time to be outdoors enjoying your lawn. It’s also the time to pay special attention to those things that can stress your turfgrass such as over watering or mowing too low. There are a couple tips we have below involving summertime lawn maintenance.

Showing your lawn the right amount of TLC during the summer months will help ensure its health into the fall and winter. Whether your lawn is bermudagrass, zoysiagrass, St. Augustine or another variety, there are three watchwords for summertime lawn maintenance: fertilization, irrigation and mowing.

Bermudagrass

If you fertilized your bermudagrass lawn during the spring, you won’t need to do it again during the summer. A best practice is to check with a local landscaping expert on the best fertilizer for your type of soil and climate. Additionally, Sod Solutions has developed a family of products called Lawnifi™ to give your lawn what it needs to be healthy year-round. Lawnifi MaintainTM, for example, is designed to make a lawn pop with color and strengthen it to fight disease, fungus and stress. It can be used for spring, summer and fall feeding. A 32-oz. bottle covers the same area as a 25-lb. bag of granular fertilizer and is safe to use on all grass types.      

Bermudagrasses like Celebration®, Latitude36TM, DiscoveryTM and NorthBridgeTM  typically don’t need a lot of water. To keep bermudagrasses looking good in the peak of the summer, they need approximately one inch of water per week either from irrigation or rainfall. Sandy soils could require more. One or two deep waterings per week during the morning hours is a best practice. Remember that too much water can lead to a fungus.

Mowing is another important element on the summertime lawn maintenance checklist. For best results, keep your bermudagrass lawn between one and two inches in height and abide by the rule to never mow off more than one-third of the leaf blade during a single mowing. Doing so will brown those areas temporarily. If you miss scheduled cuts while on vacation, mow off a little at a time over the course of a couple of mowings when you return to avoid scalping the grass. Usually wait three to five days between cuts.

St. Augustine

If you fertilized your Palmetto® St. Augustine lawn during the spring, you won’t need another application until late summer or early fall. If you didn’t fertilize in the spring, now is the time to put down an application. It’s best to take your soil and your climate conditions into consideration when selecting a fertilizer. Again, a best practice is to check with a local landscaping expert on recommendations.

Homeowners tend to let the water flow during the summer because they believe the grass is extra thirsty during hot summer days. But remember, too much water can lead to a fungus. St. Augustine grasses typically need about one inch of water per week in the active growing season either from rainfall or irrigation. A best practice is to water less frequently for longer periods of time, usually a deep watering once or twice per week.

If you haven’t overwatered but your area has experienced a good bit of rainfall, watch out for gray leaf spot. This disease looks like dripped acid on the leaf blades. You can combat this quickly by applying systemic fungicides. Sod Solutions has developed Lawnifi Recover™ to help lawns with water damage, fungus, disease, harm from insects, drought stress and heavy physical stress.

Grass grows more quickly in the summer than at any other time of the year, but it is important to remember to never take off more than one-third of the leaf blade in a single mowing. Removing more can stress the grass and damage the roots to an extent that the grass may turn brown or even die. If you miss mowings due to vacation or excessive rainfall, you may have to mow multiple times to get grass to its normal height. It’s best to wait three to five days after the first mowing before you cut again.

Zoysiagrass

If you fertilized your EMPIRE Turf® Zoysiagrass during the spring, you won’t need another application until September or October. If you didn’t fertilize in the spring, now is a good time for an application. Remember to take your soil and climate conditions into consideration when selecting a fertilizer and check with a local landscaping expert on recommendations.

Irrigation is important during hot months but don’t overdo it. Don’t water every day, rather water for longer periods of time and less frequently. Be sure to take any rainfall you’ve received into consideration with your watering schedule. EMPIRE Turf needs about one inch of water per week in the active growing season, which is best accomplished in one or two deep waterings.

You will mow your zoysiagrass more frequently in the summer, but remember to never remove more than one-third of the leaf blade in a single mowing. If you do, you will stress the grass and it likely will turn brown in those areas for a short time. If you miss mowings while away on vacation, you may have to mow multiple times in a short period to avoid taking off more than one-third of the leaf blade and scalping the grass. Wait three to five days between mowings until you get your grass back to its normal height.