Summer Lawn Maintenance Tips

Summer Lawn Maintenance Tips

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Summer Lawn Maintenance Tips

Summer is here and as the weather grows warmer and schools close, everyone gears up for a great season. Whether you are spending time at the, pool, throwing cookouts, or going on a family vacation, summer is the season to spend time outside and enjoy the sun. It is also the time to make sure your lawn looks better than any neighbor’s who live on the same street. Are you ready to care for your lawn this summer? Below are some important summer maintenance tips and guides for each popular type of grass: zoysia, bermudagrass, and St. Augustine.

Zoysia

Summer maintenance for an established, mature zoysiagrass is fairly simple, but differs from the maintenance practices for spring. When mowing your zoysia, never remove any more than ⅓ of the leaf blade. Removing more than this amount stresses your grass out and as a result, it may go brown for a short period of time. If you leave town for summer vacation, you may have to repeat mowing multiple times to get the grass back to its desired height of one to two inches. Be wary of asking a neighborhood boy to mow your lawn in your absence though—it is not uncommon for someone else’s lawn mower to bring over grass or seedlings from another lawn, such as bermudagrass, that will then aggressively spread and grow into your zoysia lawn. Be sure any lawn mower other than your own is clean before using it on your grass.

Zoysia only needs about one inch of water/week considering rainfall. To ensure your lawn gets its essential nutrients applied at the appropriate amount, we recommend using the Lawnifi Summer Fertilizer Box. If you have had a fungus or disease in your lawn in the past, or have a lot of shade in your yard, apply a systemic fungicide to ensure their aren’t any future outbreaks. See the video below for more details on zoysiagrass summer maintenance. You can also check out our individual Homeowner Maintenance Guide for generic zoysiagrass, EMPIRE Turf, GeoZoysia, or Innovation

Bermudagrass

Bermudagrass maintenance is fairly similar to that of zoysiagrass. When mowing, never remove any more than ⅓ of the leaf blade at a time. If you need to cut more than ⅓, consider completing multiple cuts over three to five days. Do not overwater the grass. Your bermudgrass should only need about one inch of water on a weekly basis including rainfall. To ensure your lawn gets its essential nutrients applied at the appropriate amount, we recommend using the Lawnifi Summer Fertilizer Box. If you have had a fungus or disease in your lawn in the past, or have a lot of shade in your yard, apply a systemic fungicide to ensure their aren’t any future outbreaks. See the video below for more details on bermudagrass summer maintenance. You can also check out our individual Homeowner Maintenance Guides for generic bermudagrass, Celebration, Latitude 36, and NorthBridge.

St. Augustine

The first thing you will want to do this summer is mow your St. Augustine between 1.5 and two inches in height. Never remove any more than ⅓ of the leaf blade at a time as it will stress your grass out. As a result, your lawn may start to turn brown. If you need to cut more than ⅓ of the leaf blade, consider mowing multiple times over a three to five day period. Do not overwater the grass. Your St. Augustine should only need about one inch of water on a weekly basis including rainfall. To ensure your lawn gets its essential nutrients applied at the appropriate amount, we recommend using the Lawnifi Summer Fertilizer Box. If you have had a fungus or disease in your lawn in the past, or have a lot of shade in your yard, apply a systemic fungicide to ensure their aren’t any future outbreaks. See the video below for more details on St. Augustine summer maintenance. You can also check out our individual Homeowner Maintenance Guides for generic St. Augustine and Palmetto St. Augustine.

Lawnifi Summer Fertilizer Box

The Summer Fertilizer Box consists of one bottle of Maintain and two bottles of Recover for a lesser price and better deal than purchasing all three bottles individually. Spray on application of Maintain at the start of spring to promote healthy roots and the continuation of green leaf blades after the spring season ends. Around four weeks later, follow your application of Maintain with an application of Recover to help your lawn get through the dog day stress of summer. Recover serves as a powerful nutrition package that delivers micronutrients such as iron along with specific carbon and nitrogen macronutrients needed to grow a healthy lawn during stressful conditions. Recover gives lawns the nutrients needed to fight through summer seasonal and environmental stress. Use the remaining bottle of Recover at the end of the summer to prep your lawn for your fall fertilizer maintenance program. Our patented nano-fertilizers with Catalyst Technology™ promote a healthy lawn with nutrients designed to beat the summer heat.

Along with proper mowing, watering, and fertilization practices, it is just as important to make sure no disease or fungi outbreaks happen this summer. If you think a disease may be present or you’ve had one in the past, it is recommended apply a systemic fungicide to ensure their aren’t any future outbreaks. To learn more information about types of common lawn diseases, how to identify them, and which systemic fungicides to apply, read our Lawn Disease Control blog. For proper irrigation control information, check out our Irrigation blog post.

Want to learn more about achieving a great lawn? Check out our other Sod University tips here.

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