Your lawn takes a beating during the summer—from the heat, the humidity, weeds, insects, and foot traffic. The weather might be getting cooler, but without proper maintenance, that summer stress might do irreparable damage to your lawn. That’s why your Kingsport lawn care professionals at Promier Landscapes came up with this guide to help your lawn bounce back now that summer is over.
Step 1: Adjust Your Mower
Cool-season grass can’t be maintained the same way as your lawn during the heart of the long, hot summer. Raise your mower until the blade is at one of its higher settings. Keeping your grass taller and thicker during the fall provides more shade for your soil, helping to protect and shelter your lawn’s root system from extreme hot and cold temperatures. Taller grass also has more resistance to drought, since grass stores the majority of its moisture in the leaf.
In addition to changing the height of your mower, you need to make sure the blades are nice and sharp. Dull mower blades don’t cut grass; they shred it. That means the turf loses more moisture, and the remnants of shredded blades of grass turn brown instead of the lush green that signals a healthy, vibrant lawn. Moreover, shredded grass blades could make your lawn more susceptible to disease.
Step 2: Water Early and Properly
By that, we mean you should water your lawn in the morning, ideally between 6 and 10 a.m. Morning watering means less of the moisture will evaporate and gives your lawn all day to dry off. Watering at night or running a sprinkler after dark create a potential breeding ground for disease, as any standing water on your blades of grass can be a hotbed for fungus to grow.
You also need to make sure you’re giving your lawn the right amount of water. A good average is approximately 1 inch of water each week. If you use sprinklers, an easy way to determine exactly how much water you’re giving is to place an empty tuna can halfway between the sprinkler and the end radius of the water’s reach. Once the tuna can fills, move on to the next section of the lawn, and repeat the process. Or, you can trust the pros at Promier Landscapes to set up an efficient, optimally-functioning irrigation system.
Step 3: Keep Off the Grass
One of the simplest things you can do to help your lawn recover from summer stress is to avoid walking on it. If someone walks on your grass and you see footprints remaining, this is an early sign of drought. Heavy foot traffic on your lawn also can compact soil, making it more difficult for air to reach the grass’s roots, and leads to the final step in our guide.
Step 4: Follow The “Big Three” For Fall
By that, we mean the three things you should do each fall to maintain your lawn, help it recover from summer, and prepare for winter. Those three things are aeration, over-seeding, and fertilizing. Aeration entails removing plugs of soil from the turf, alleviating any compaction, and maximizing the amount of air reaching your grass’s roots. Overseeding thickens your lawn, helping it handle the extreme weather during summer and winter, and helps fill in any thin or bare patches. Lastly, fertilizing provides nutrients to help keep your lawn healthy and well-fed through the winter.
Lawn Care in Johnson City
Maintaining a great-looking lawn isn’t easy. That’s why Promier Landscapes is here. From mowing to irrigation, from aeration to overseeding, we can handle every aspect of your lawn maintenance. To learn more, give us a call at (423) 246-7977 if you’re located in the areas of Kingsport, Johnson City, and Bristol, Tennessee.