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Summer Lawn Care

Summer Lawn Care

Lawn care during the summer months can be challenging, especially if you are new to the lawn game. Several essential tips are vital in making your lawn thrive during the summer. Continue reading to learn our Summer Lawn Care tips!

Is Your Lawn Established?

The first thing is to decide if your lawn is considered established. This is important because your strategy for maintaining and caring for your lawn will be slightly adjusted if your lawn is young. For a lawn to be considered established, it must be rooted in, and it has to have been mowed a minimum of three times. Is your lawn established? If so, continue reading.

The Importance of a Sharp Blade

Now that you have determined that your lawn is established let’s talk about your mower — more specifically, the blade on your mower. Many homeowners make the mistake of never sharpening their mower blades. This is a big mistake! A dull blade pulls on the blades of grass, instead of making a clean cut. The dull blade will leave your grass with brown tips. More importantly, mowing your grass with a dull blade can impact the overall health of your lawn. Using dull blades causes your lawn to become weaker and more susceptible to diseases and weeds! Sharpen those blades!

To Bag or Not to Bag?

Should you bag your grass clippings? Many people say yes, while others say no. It is believed that if you don’t bag your clippings and allow them to stay on the lawn, you will have an increased risk of thatch. This is true if your lawn is tall when you mow, and you allow the clippings to remain on the lawn. However, if you mow regularly and don’t bag, the clippings can act as a compost mechanism, adding nutrients to your lawn. So, in short, it is ok not to bag your clippings, as long as you are mowing regularly.

Weeds!

We all strongly dislike weeds. They are such a nuisance! There are some critical points in preventing weeds in your lawn. First, make sure your lawn stays watered regularly. Monitor the amount of rain you are receiving so that you can adjust your watering or irrigation accordingly. Second, ensure that you are regularly fertilizing your lawn. Your lawn is alive, and it needs food and nutrients, too! Third, ensure that you have healthy mowing habits. This includes mowing on a regular schedule (during the growing months) and maintaining a sharp blade!

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