If you have a lawn in Northwest Indiana, the summer heat is taking its toll on your yard, especially if your lawn care program is not up to par. At the time of this publishing (4th week of August), Porter County has seen only 1.27 inches of rain for the entire month of August. That’s down 3.5 inches from what is needed for a healthy lawn. Today, you’ll learn How to keep a lawn green in summer heat. 10 tips for surviving the August drought in NWI.
If you live in a neighborhood and maintain a lawn in Northwest Indiana, you’ve probably noticed the parity between your neighbors’ lawns disappears quickly in late summer. Sure, everyone has a green lawn in the spring, but once the dog days of summer hit, most lawns start turning brown.
Of course, there are always a few yards in the neighborhood that keep that healthy green look, while most of the neighborhood goes brown or yellow! It gets even more frustrating when you water your lawn continuously and it just won’t keep up with those perfect lawns. Ouch! To make matters worse, you get the huge water bill and have little to show for it. Ughhhh!!!
10 tips to revive heat stressed lawn
The key to having a great lawn in late summer is this…
Common mistakes that can ruin even the best lawn care programs include mowing too low, watering too little or too much, or ignoring early signs of insects or disease.
This is especially true in late summer. August was especially hard on lawns. Northwest Indiana has had a third of the precipitation our yards need to be healthy.
The key to having a great green, healthy lawn is having the right season-long lawn program and getting the right advice. Your lawn is a living eco-system. Ignoring problems or not treating your lawn correctly may cause your yard to quickly lose that green, healthy look or even die in patches.
The secret is revealed… the best lawns in late summer come with this!
I’ve always heard the best lawn care companies do more than just provide the best lawn care programs or aeration. A great lawn care company also coaches the homeowner with the best advice.
Summer heat can take a toll on your lawn, especially if your lawn care program is not up to par. Mow too low, water too much or too little, or ignore early signs of insects or disease, and your lawn could quickly lose its luster or even die in small or large patches. Keep your lawn looking its best all summer long and into fall by mastering these 10 summer care tips.
According to Perma-Greens Steve Daly, the secret to having a great lawn is no secret at all…and should be both simple and fun. Daly recommends going with the right full season lawn care plan, adjust your mowing and watering to the season and climate, and your yard will be one of those yards that has everyone jealous… even in late summer when everyone’s yards start to turn brown.
How to revive heat stressed lawn. Comeback of the Year!
With the right lawn treatments and the right mowing and watering advice, it’s not too late for your yard to win your neighborhood “Comeback of the Year Award”.
Quite often, the brown grass is a symptom of a bigger problem- that the lawn did not receive the right nutrients throughout the season.
” Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Daly believes starting a lawn care plan in late summer can revive a heat-stressed lawn. It is also the first step of a lawn care program that can pay dividends next spring and summer.
How to keep lawn green in summer heat
Perma-Green likes to boost the lawn with nutrients that include lots of root builders and micronutrients which gives the lawn a gorgeous green color. It also helps restore lawn health and build strong roots. Daly believes this is especially significant when you have kids or a pet.
Daly starts every relationship with a free analysis and estimate. This is critical to finding the right solutions to turn your yard around, keep your lawn green in the summer heat, and replenish your yard’s nutrients so that your yard can survive the winter. Having your best lawn ever in 2021 starts now and carries over into next spring.
Of course, a major component in your yard’s late summer comeback is knowing how much to water, when to water, and the right mowing advice. Daly offers lawn coaching and at no cost to his paying customer. While this service is included, make no mistake about it, this is mission-critical. With Daly’s local expertise and experience, this is significant to making your neighbors turn green with envy.
How to keep lawn green in summer heat. 10 tips for Surviving the August drought in Northwest Indiana
1. Cutting grass in drought conditions
Mow at the proper height. In the heat of summer, adjust your lawnmower to the highest setting and leave grass taller –Taller grass provides shade to the soil, which also reduces water evaporation, helps create deeper roots and prevent weeds. The right mowing height varies with grass type, variety, soil composition, and weather conditions. Mow frequently so you’re never removing more than one-third of the leaf surface at a time, but only mow when needed. Avoid mowing in the middle of the day during hot, dry conditions, as this adds undue stress to the grass.
2. Watering lawn during drought
Water Efficiently. For the healthiest grass and greenest lawn, water your lawn deeply and infrequently, allowing it to partially dry between irrigations. Seek advice from experts with local area expertise and experience with your soil composition. The soil composition in Northwest Indiana is a mosaic of different soil types that were transported here over thousands of years by either Ice Age glaciers or waterways. Watering advice Daly recommends is different in Porter County than his advice in LaPorte County. Northern Lake County has porous or sandy soils while to the South, the soil retains water and comes with different recommendations.
3. Feed Lawn
Perma-Green likes to boost the lawn with nutrients that include lots of root builders and micronutrients which gives the lawn a gorgeous green color. It also helps restore lawn health and build strong roots.
4. Weed Control
Slower growing grass can make any weeds seem abundant at this time. Daly recommends the weed control be integrated into a full-season lawn care program specific to your yard’s soil composition and grass type. However, weed control used independently may also be utilized.
5. Watch For Insects and Disease
Lawn insect identification. Insects and diseases can do more than “bug” you….they can devastate your lawn. Mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas can ruin your cherished time with family and friends. Lawn pest control protects your kids & pets from fire ants, fleas and grubs.
With the threat of the West Nile Virus, mosquitoes have become a source of concern for many homeowners. Especially when we have extremely heavy rains, the mosquito population can quickly increase, making outdoor summer activities less desirable. Perma-Green recommends environmentally friendly products that will effectively control mosquitoes all summer long while keeping them safe.
6. Aeration & Overseeding
Aeration is the secret to a good-looking lawn. It breaks up dead grass and it allows water, oxygen & fertilization to get to your lawn’s roots.
Aeration is one of the most important cultural practices available for your lawn. Aeration helps control thatch, improves soil structure, helps create growth pockets for new roots, and opens the way for water and fertilizer to reach the root zone of your lawn. Combining aeration with overseeding helps repair and fill in turf areas to give your lawn the complete Perma-Green treatment.
7. Clean up the Dog waste and urine
The family or neighbor’s dog can cause dead spots on a lawn. Flush the area with water to dilute the urine in the soil.
8. Don’t drive over grass or park on the grass.
Driving or parking on the lawn is tough on your lawn. It compacts the soil which can cause all kinds of issues, including dead grass. During drought or severe heat, it’s a good idea to avoid walking on the grass.
9. Leave the clippings.
Leave the grass clippings as mulch- This practice saves you time, money, and fertilizer.
10. Sharpen Lawnmower blades.
A dull mower blade tears up your grass. It causes jagged, brown edges, providing an opening for disease organisms. Sharpen your mower blade as needed. Perma-green recommends sharpening every 8-15 hours of mowing.
Final word…Keeping your lawn green in summer heat.
Surviving the August and September drought in Northwest Indiana certainly comes with challenges, but as Steve Daly said, the best solutions for reviving a heat-stressed lawn are combining the right lawn care program with best practice watering and mowing. By feeding the soil with the necessary nutrients and water, your lawn will develop strong roots and a healthy lawn environment. It also can prepare you for severe weather conditions while defending your yard from intrusive weeds and pests.
Daly recommends working with a lawn care company with experience and expertise in developing healthy lawns in Northwest Indiana. Daly also recommends confirming the company provides unlimited follow-ups and provides watering and mowing advice with any full-season lawn care programs. He cautions that some companies charge additional for consulting. Daly suggests getting confirmation that your lawn care company is certified to with the OISC (Office of Indiana State Chemist) to work with fertilizers, pesticides, and seeds, ensuring the safety of your family and pets, truth in labeling, and the protection of our environment.
Daly warns against using any company that offers an estimate over the phone without a lawn analysis. Every lawn maintenance plan should be customized to your unique needs, including grass type, sun exposure, trees, budget, and condition.
Written by Jim Jano Janesheski
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