Summer is here and the temperature is rising, so now is the time to make the most of the great outdoors and enjoy your backyard. Follow these 5 top tips to ensure your lawn is in great shape for the season.
Whether it be a family get-together, barbecue with friends, or just a rumble on the grass with the kids, the lawn is sure going to get a workout! Garden and lawn care expert Victa has some handy tips to ensure your lawn stays in tip top condition.
1. Raise the mowing height a little bit
Taking the mowing height up a notch will do wonders for your lawn during summer. You never want to cut more than one-third the height of your lawn in a single mowing. If you don't scalp your lawn, it will make weed encroachment more difficult. A longer leaf blade will keep your yard appearing greener while the roots have a chance to grow deeper, which helps the lawn during times of drought. About 3-4cm is a good length for a healthy lawn.
2. Choose the best time to mow your lawn
Lawn mowing should not be done when the grass is wet (as this can allow diseases to get a foothold). Also, lawn mowing in the late afternoon/early evening puts less stress on the lawn than mowing when the sun is pounding down in the middle of the day.
3. Choose the best time to water your lawn
Before 10.00am is the best time of day to water the lawn because the air is cooler and it’s usually less windy. In the middle of the day, water evaporates too quickly, and in the evenings water can cling to the grass overnight, which can cause lawn diseases like fungus. Along with mowing the grass too short, watering at night is about the worst thing to do for a lawn.
Frequent light watering does more harm than good because it encourages shallow root growth, so ensure you give the lawn a long, deep watering to encourage deep, strong roots.
4. Test your soil
A soil test will tell you how much, if any, nutrients your lawn needs. It is the only way to determine whether or not liming is needed, and how much to apply. A soil test is also a valuable tool for diagnosing problems with your lawn, garden and landscape plants.
5. Get aerating
Aerating benefits your lawn in several ways: by reducing soil compaction, controlling thatch, stimulating new root growth and improving water, air and nutrient filtration. A good time to top dress with compost is right after you aerate. All soils benefit from the addition of organic matter.