So, it’s the middle of summer and Georgia’s heat is in full force. And your lawn and landscapes are showing the effects of it.
Is your lawn brown? Are your flower beds looking wilted?
Then your lawn and landscapes may not be getting enough water.
What You Need to Know About Water and Your Plants
You may think that getting the hose out to give your lawn and landscapes a daily sprinkle at night is good gardening. But, believe it or not, your lawn, trees, shrubs and flower beds only need a good soaking of 1” – 1½” of water per week.
Plus, if you have a sprinkler system, you should make sure that you’re using all of the extras that come with it.
For example, if you have an older system, you may want to get it recalibrated with moisture or weather sensors that sense how much moisture is in the soil or if rain will hit your area.
With a moisture sensor, you set the minimum and maximum amount of moisture in the ground. The sensor will turn on your lawn sprinkler when it registers dry soil and will shut off when it senses that there is enough moisture.
Likewise, a weather sensor knows when a storm is heading your way. It’ll automatically turn off your sprinkler system before it starts to rain.
What are the benefits of these sensors? Your lawn grass and plants only get the water they need—not more or less of it.
And you’ll have healthy plants and save money on your water bill at the same time. A win-win.
And if you do have a smart irrigation system, set your timer to start your system in the early morning hours between 4 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Early morning watering is best for your grass and landscape plants. The water won’t sit on the leaves for a long time, and it will be able to percolate deep into the soil.
How’s Your Mowing Going?
Did you know how you mow affects the health of your lawn grass?
It’s true. Your lawn does better if it’s a bit longer.
Here are some expert tips on cutting grass:
- Only take the top third off of your lawn. You want your lawn grass to be longer because it shades the soil, discourages weeds, and stays resistant to diseases and insects.
- Mow in different directions. By cutting your grass in different directions, you stop it from leaning toward one side, reducing the risk for fungal diseases.
- If your fescue lawn is brown, don’t panic. Fescue is a cold season grass, and it goes dormant in hot, dry conditions. It’ll green up again in the fall when temperatures cool and fertilization resumes.
- Consider grasscycling. Feel free to leave your grass clippings on your lawn when you cut your grass. You give your lawn a boost of nitrogen, and the grass clippings quickly dissolve since they’re made up of mostly water.
- Make sure your mower blades are sharp. Sharp blades protect your lawn grass from cuts that result in disease or insect infestations.
- If your lawn has brown patch or dollar spot, take a break from mowing. Your yard needs to recover—especially in this heat. Give it a break and keep irrigating it to help your grass heal back to its green state.
The old way of scalping lawns and giving them a daily sprinkle isn’t smart lawn care. Indeed, turf experts found that deep, soaking irrigation once a week, paired with letting your grass grow a little longer, results in a healthy, dense lawn.
Your lawn and landscapes can survive Georgia’s hot summers. At Agropro, our expert technicians use the best treatments that get results.
Do you want a healthy lawn that survives the dog days of summer? Then call us today at 678-445-9990 or fill out our contact form.
Agropro Lawn Care Service~ Agropro provides Lawn Care and Plant Health Care services to these areas in North Georgia: Alpharetta, Atlanta, Buckhead, Canton, Cumming, Dunwoody, Johns Creek, Marietta, Milton, Roswell, Sandy Springs, and Woodstock.