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Love Your Lawn: Sod University’s Seven Summer Blogs

Summer Grill Outdoor Patio

The summer heat is here! Along with the increasing temperatures and summer storms comes the importance of ensuring your lawn and garden are well prepared for the changing weather. After all, the summer heat is not only tough on you or your family dog—it can also stress out your garden and lawn. Sod University has an abundance of helpful information to assist you in caring for your lawn and garden this summer. This blog is a compilation of our Summer Lawn Maintenance Tips blog and videos that we published last week, and a few other previous blogs we have repurposed so that a wealth of information is available from one spot.

1. How to Help Your Lawn Beat the Summer Heat

Take a look at this blog to read general information pertaining to proper watering and irrigation practices, mowing procedures for warm and cool season grasses, and recommended fertilizers. This blog contains basic information about these three practices to keep your lawn healthy and vibrant throughout the summer months. Click here to read more. 

2. Irrigation
Lawn Irrigation Watering Grass With Sprinkler

Sod University has distinguished six main factors that go into caring for your lawn: mowing, insect control, weed control, disease control, soil management, and irrigation. With the summer heat comes the importance of drinking lots of water—and your lawn needs water too! This blog focuses on irrigation and its best practices. Learn how to measure one inch of water in your lawn, when and how often to water, what a lawn’s water holding capacity means, and a few recommended tools homeowners use to monitor how much water is going into their lawns. Click here to read more. 

3. Lawn Mowing Guide
Man Pushing Lawn Mower Yard Kids Toys

Regularly mowing your lawn promotes vertical growth and lateral density; it also provides the manicured look you desire. However, not all grass types are mowed at the same height, so you need to know your lawn type and what it requires. Check this blog out to read more about mowing height, frequency and consistency, and mulching. You can also see some of our top recommended fertilizers to help you get the job done right for a good deal. To read more, click here

4. Eliminating Unattractive Hot Spots in Your Lawn

Ever notice an area of your lawn that, for unknown reasons, exhibits drought stress; i.e., the leaf blades start to curl and look dry, while all around that area the grass looks healthy, lush, and normal? Landscape professionals refer to these areas as “hot spots” or “localized dry spots.” These areas can be frustrating to a homeowner who has taken steps to make sure they have an irrigation system that covers the entire lawn. Read this blog to learn about preventative and curative steps that can help keep all areas of your lawn green, vibrant, and hot-spot free.

5. Granular vs. Liquid Fertilizers
liquid fertilizer versus granular fertilizer

One of the biggest discussions that’s occurring related to lawn care is the use of granular and liquid fertilizers. Many prefer liquid fertilizers due to their overall efficiency and consistency, however, granular fertilizers remain to be a big hit for home lawns. The truth is, comparing liquid and granular fertilizer is like comparing apples to oranges—each serves its own different purpose. Check this blog out to learn the benefits and disadvantages of each as well as when it’s best to use one or the other.

6. Don’t You Deserve a Mosquito-Free Summer?

We have all been there; the weather just starts getting nice. It’s warm, but not too hot, humid, but not overbearing. The trees are just starting to green up and the birds are chirping. You decide to have some friends over for drinks and a BBQ. After all, you’ve felt quarantined inside your home all winter. So, you set up some chairs outside and all of a sudden, your friends arrive. No, not the ones you’ve invited, but rather the ones that buzz, bite, and somehow find any exposed flesh on which to feast. We can’t let that happen. It’s time to reclaim your outdoor space so that you can enjoy your summer to the max: Read more.

7. Summer Lawn Maintenance Tips

Are you looking for summer lawn maintenance tips geared towards your specific type of grass? Whether your lawn is made up of zoysia, bermuda, or St. Augustine, find grass-specific tips for your lawn this summer. This blog even includes information for various brands of grasses from EMPIRE Turf Zoysia, Celebration Bermudagrass, or Palmetto St. Augustine, to Geo Zoysia, Latitude 36, and NorthBridge. With three accompanying videos that discuss the best fertilization, irrigation, and mowing practices, and downloadable Homeowner Maintenance Guide PDFs, find out the best way to care for your lawn here

These seven blogs provide information and tips for your lawn this summer. From mosquito prevention and irrigation best practices to eliminate hot spots and summer mowing instructions, Sod U provides you with the information you may need to help your lawn survive the summer. Keep an eye out for our next blog about planting sod plugs. Sod Solutions is conducting a  time-lapse with CitraBlue St. Augustine and Innovation Zoysiagrass plugs to see how long it takes for plugs to grow in. 

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