Summer time is the best time to enjoy the lawn but it can also have the biggest toll on your grass. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to keep your lawn looking good throughout the summer season and with the right tools and treatments at your fingertips you simply can’t go wrong. Persistent hot and dry weather can quickly affect the appearance and overall health of the grass plants.
You will now probably need to increase the regularity with which you mow your lawn, if the conditions are ideal for growth you may need to cut twice a week to keep it looking good. Don’t mow the lawn too short when it is very hot as this can cause damage to occur. Use an edging iron to keep lawn edges neat and tidy.
Feeding and Conditioning
Apply a feed to keep you lawn looking green and healthy. Aftercut 3 Day Green can be applied directly after mowing and can be used every 3 to 4 weeks until October. If the ground is compacted then areate it with a hollow tine aerator or use a garden fork. Make regular holes all over the grass surface and then brush Westland Lawn & Turf Dressing into the holes. This will help to create a thicker, healthier lawn and also improve drainage.
Weed and Moss Control
Small patches of weeds can be treated effectively using a selective weed killer such a Resolva Lawn WeedKiller. For larger areas of weeds or if moss is also present, apply Aftercut All In One. Lawns treated in the spring may need a second application if the moss or weeds are persistent.
Keep a watch out for chewed lawn roots and patchy lawns that may indicate a problem with leather jackets and chafer grubs. These are underground larvae that feed on grass roots and can be controlled using naturally occurring nematodes.
Keep newly sown lawns and freshly turfed areas well watered in dry spells. Ensure you water thoroughly, light watering can cause further damage by encouraging roots to the surface. Water at dusk and really soak the area so that the water filters through to the soil around the roots.
Planning a New Lawn
It is not a good idea to sow a new lawn in the summer months as the soil is too dry and you will need to water daily in hot weather. Postpone sowing until early autumn when your new lawn has a much better chance of success. However, if you are planning to sow a new lawn from seed, start to prepare the ground now. Kill off any weeds with Westland Resolva 24H Ready to Use. When the weeds have been removed or killed, dig over the whole area, breaking up clods of soil and incorporate plenty of Horticultural Sand to improve the texture of heavy clays. Use Top Soil to fill in hollows and improve impoverished soil. Rake it over so that it is as level as possible, but leave the rest of the preparation until nearer the sowing time. See our guide on choosing the right lawn seed.
Tips for your lawn this summer
The following advice this summer and will ensure your lawn stays green and healthy:
- Don’t mow the lawn very short when it is hot, never remove more than a third of the length of the grass blades in one cut, otherwise it needs a huge amount of energy to re-grow.
- If you are going away on holiday, cut the lawn before you go. Don’t be tempted to cut it very short, as this will cause it stress. Weak grass cannot compete well with invading weeds and moss and will suffer. Cut it as normal as near to your leaving date as possible.
- Adjust how regularly you mow according to how fast the grass is growing. If the conditions are ideal for growth, i.e. warm, moist and sunny then you may need to cut a quality lawn 2-3 times a week to keep it looking good.
- If the weather is dry, grass growth will slow, so allow the lawn to rest and if you must cut it simply trim off the top third of growth.
- During spells of summer drought established lawns may actually turn brown and look dead. Unless your lawn has been recently re-sown from seed or re-turfed, it is very unlikely to be killed by drought and will quickly recover when rain falls.
- Watering the lawn may create instant visual results but is often unnecessary and can create problems. Unless you can be sure to thoroughly soak a dry lawn it is actually better not to water it at all. A well-prepared lawn that has been properly fed and treated during the spring is better able to withstand and recover from drought.
- For a summer treat apply Aftercut 3 Day Green to your lawn after mowing, this will give it a tonic to keep it looking green and healthy for longer.
- Keep newly sown lawns and freshly turfed areas well watered in dry spells. It is far more effective to water the lawn thoroughly once or twice a week than to wet it superficially on a daily basis. Water at dusk and really soak the area so that the water filters through to the soil around the roots, this encourages deeper roots to develop and reduces the likelihood of surface roots forming that may be susceptible to extremes of temperature.
- Recut the lawn edges with a half moon edging iron.
- Trim the lawn edges every week using lawn-edging shears to give a neat finish. Cut long grass around trees and along the base of fences and walls using a nylon line trimmer.Take care not to damage neighbouring trees, shrubs or wildlife when you are trimming grass.
- If you are planning to sow a new lawn from seed, start to prepare the ground. Kill off any weeds with Resolva 24H Ready to Use. This innovative weedkiller combines the speed of a contact weedkiller with the deep down root killing activity of a systemic weedkiller. When the weeds have been removed or killed, dig over the whole area, breaking up clods of soil and incorporate plenty of Gro-Sure Farmyard Manure if the soil is poor.
- Rake it over so that it is as level as possible, but leave the rest of the preparation until nearer the sowing time.
- Don’t forget to enjoy the lawn during the summer months, it is the perfect place to host garden parties or garden games while the weather is warm and the rest of the garden is looking good.