Winter and spring have come and gone, and the oncoming of summer is ahead of you. In certain instances, the summer season can be an onslaught for your lawn. While lawn care may seem like a drastic task, you can still resort to simple tips. These can help you accomplish the flawless green lawn that you have always been longing for. Below are quick tips and maintenance methods that you should perform to keep your lawn from going dormant because of the scorching heat stress.
Do Not Dethatch Your Lawn in Dormancy
Many people in the summers rake their grass when it is in the dormancy stage. This is mainly because people mistake dormant grass for dead grass. If your grass starts to yellow or get dry in the presence of the summer, it means that the grass is going through a hibernation phase or dormancy phase.
In this phase, the grass is trying to survive the summer heat, and preserving nutrition and water due to excessive evaporation. Hence, the grass in the dormancy stage is still very much alive, even though it looks like it is dead. Dethatching or raking is not the way to go if you want to maintain your grass in the summer.
Keep Nutrition Minimal
Once a lawn begins to show dry patches and dormancy, people usually respond to this by overloading their lawn with fertilizer. However, applying nitrogen-heavy fertilizer is not going to help deal with grass dormancy or even the added heat stress. Under dormant conditions, your lawn does not need the burdening macronutrients because it is likely to put the lawn under even more stress.
Taking this approach will ultimately have you waste fertilizer. Your grass is already running out of energy trying to fight the summer heat. This means it does not have enough energy to consume the fertilizer.
Instead of fertilizer, you can provide your lawn with a micronutrient, such as iron. Since iron is a micronutrient, this means that plants need much smaller amounts to utilize. Iron is an amazing choice because it gives the grass a better richness in color.
Do not irrigate at Night
Although your grass needs water to step away from dormancy, make sure that you irrigate during the day. Watering the lawn during the night means that you are promoting disease. Summer nights are usually hot, humid and the temperatures are optimum for fungus and diseases.
When you provide water during the night, you are putting your lawn at risk of fungal invasions, which is a bigger threat than dormancy. All you will get from a nightly irrigation routine is more dry and yellow patches on your lawn. Try irrigating very early in the morning instead. Watering the dry spots by hand is another great way option to help your lawn fight heat stress.
Even though the summers can put your grass on the brink of survival, it does not mean that you have to look for extraordinary measures. All you have to do is be smart, and keep the grass healthy until the temperatures go down and the rainy season begins.