Summer Lawn Care Tips with Stihl: Summer Landscaping. Last week we discussed dealing with drought in the harsh summer climate. This week we will discuss summer landscaping. From your lawn and trees to shrubs and flowerbeds, summer landscaping can be a breeze with these helpful tips.
Battling Bald Spots:
Bald spots in your lawn make it more vulnerable to summer heat. Thick grass will hold moisture better, resulting in a greener lawn with stronger roots that will survive heat and humidity. Here are some ways you can address thinning grass and keep your lawn green this summer:
- Inspect your lawn for noticeable bare spots. Grass growth can sometimes be spotty on sloped land and undulating areas due to water run-off and puddling.
- Use premium seed and a topsoil/organic, nutrient-rich compost to help the seed germinate and keep it from being washed away, blown away or eaten by birds. Dress the bare spots with approximately one inch of compost and then hand spread the seed, covering about 40% of the area. Use a kitchen broom (not a rake) to gently mix the soil and seed together. Fertilizing grass in summer can keep it healthy and growing strong.
- Water these newly seeded areas twice a day for the first few weeks to ensure the soil stays moist for maximum germination.
- To prevent bald spots from occurring, mow your lawn at or close to the highest setting on your mower and avoid stepping on your lawn when it is wet. Also avoid stepping on any new or immature grass.
Surviving Summer Rain:
While spring is typically associated with heavy rainfall, sudden summertime storms can leave your yard just as waterlogged. Here are some tips to help you deal with a deluge of rain:
- Try to avoid walking on wet or damp grass, as it is likely to damage it. Wait until water levels have completely subsided and you can walk on it without leaving wet footprints.
- If you want to mow the lawn once it has dried out, set the mower blades to the highest possible cutting height. Do not attempt to mow a wet or saturated lawn as you risk compaction and ruts. And obviously, do not use an electric lawn mower in damp or wet conditions.
- Lawns that have been very wet will benefit from some serious aeration – either manually using a garden fork or with the help of a powered aerator like the STIHL YARD BOSS®. Moss is also likely to build up in damp conditions.
- Identify the low areas of your lawn most vulnerable to flooding and work to even out the ground or improve drainage.
Best Mowing Practices:
Studies have shown that mowing at a height of at least three inches yields a healthier yard than one mowed at one or two inches.
When you mow your lawn often, you are promoting a lusher, more uniform lawn. How often is enough? That depends on how quickly your grass grows. Ideally, you should remove no more than a third of the grass length with each mowing. This will result in smaller-sized clippings, which act as a natural fertilizer for your lawn.
Vary your mowing direction each time you mow to keep your grass looking straighter. Change it up each time, moving north to south, east to west or diagonally to promote straight growth.
After mowing is complete, check your yard for any remaining clumps of grass clippings. Remove these clumps to prevent them from blocking nutrients to your lawn.
In conclusion, Odiorne has you covered when it comes to lawn and garden. We are proud to be a local Stihl dealer! Check out our Stihl products, including mowers, here! We hope you learn from our Summer Lawn Care Tips with Stihl: Summer Landscaping. Stay tuned because we will have more summer tips!
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