How Inconsistent Soil Temperatures Can Impact Your Lawn

If you're a Georgia native, you know how unpredictable the weather can be – and there's no better example of this than our latest spring temperature trends. You may head out to your vehicle in the morning to go to work feeling a cool, crispness to the air, only to head out in the afternoon to scorching summer-like heat. Not only will most Georgians pick up on this phenomenon, but your lawn will too. 

If you remember those brutal near-zero-degree days right around Christmas and New Year's at the tail end of 2022, then you are aware of the ringer that our lawns and plants have been through since then. With harsh frost periods in their dormant seasons, to inconsistent spring temperatures, your lawns will be affected in a few different ways. 

Later Green Up Cycles

One of the most noticeable ways that this year's weather inconsistencies will impact your lawn will be through soil temperatures. With colder mornings that maybe most of us were used to in May, our soil will be experiences these inconsistent soil temperatures which will mainly cause your lawn to experience its "green up" period later than normal.

While you may have been nervous your lawn's color wasn't coming back just as vibrant as it did in years' past, there is nothing to worry about. In no time your soil will begin to hold a warmer average temperature and fully bring your lawn out of its dormant period, it just might take a few weeks longer! 

Impacts on Root Health

When the soil temperatures are inconsistent, one other component of your lawn can fall victim – your roots. With temperature inconsistencies, the weaker roots will become more susceptible to damage from erosion or pests.

When your root structure becomes weaker, the window of opportunity for weeds to sneak in only becomes wider. Try to focus on helping out your lawn's root system by plucking any visible weeds you see until the soil can hold an average temperature above 55 or 60 degrees.

Adjust Your Watering Levels

One of the reasons you'll often hear that you should water your lawn in the early morning during the summer is that you want the lawn to soak up the moisture before the sun evaporates the remaining water. This is something that, while beneficial in the right temperature levels, can actually damage your lawn if your space isn't getting warm enough in the beginning of the day.

Standing water in your lawn can actually lead to an increase in mosquito presence, so if you don't think your excess water will evaporate by midday, lower your water levels for the time being.

On the other hand, if you are experiencing much warmer mornings than you're expecting, you'll just want to apply the water as early as you can to avoid rapid evaporation. If your lawn cannot soak up the water before it evaporates, then you could be susceptible to dry spots in your lawn.

If you are interested in learning more about proper lawn care and root maintenance, contact AgroPro today to learn how we can help! 

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