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Forgione Lawn Care's
6 Essential Tips for a
Healthy Summer Lawn
green lawn is a healthy lawn! Following these 6 easy suggestions will help
ensure that your lawn is vibrant and healthy and able to absorb the vital
nutrients and oxygen it needs to prosper:
Water only when necessary. When your lawn needs water the grass
will take on a bluish or dull green color and the blades will begin to
fold or roll. You will also notice that footprints will remain imprinted
on your lawn after it is walked on.
2. In dry conditions, water heavily once a week as opposed to a daily sprinkling. Daily sprinkling encourages shallow roots, which will increase the chance of burning during hot periods.
The best time of day to water is early morning. This is because
less water evaporates when the temperature is cool and the winds are calm.
Late afternoon and evening watering also reduces evaporation loss if the
wind is calm, but tends to encourage disease because the grass stays moist
all night. Many of the fungus diseases that infect grass require water
droplets or high humidity to grow and infect the grass and plants.
Each watering should moisten the soil of the grass’s active root zone,
which is a depth of 6-8 in, for most soil the amount of water needed to do
this is one inch.
An easy way to calculate how long you will need to water each area of your
lawn in order to provide one inch of water is to do the “tuna can
test”! Place a standard-sized empty tuna can on your lawn, make note
of the time and begin watering your grass as you normally would. Once the
can is full, you will know that you have sprayed approximately one inch of
water onto your lawn (as a standard-sized can of tuna is one inch in
height)! Now note the time again. If it took 15 mins to fill the tuna can,
use that as the approximate amount of time for each watering. Again, water
only when necessary (see #1 above). This may be only one time per week, or
may be three times per week, depending on the weather conditions.
6. Tree and shrub roots that compete with your lawn will require additional water. Once a month soak the soil very deep to encourage root development below the root zone. You can do this by leaving the sprinklers on three times the normal time or use a soaker hose under the tree.
Please contact us with any questions or for additional tips on how to care for your summer lawn.
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