Show your lawn some summer loving with our simple tips for a green and luscious lawn in no time!
Lawns love summer and generally grow quicker in the warm weather. Aim to mow your lawn at least every two weeks to keep it growing well. Some lawn varieties will need more frequent mowing.
Mow at the right height
For lawns that are watered regularly and deeply, lower the cutting height for a shorter cut. If your lawn isn’t getting adequate water, raise the height. Longer grass and a thatch layer can help insulate the soil against heavy water loss from evaporation. Try not to mow the lawn on really hot days.
How often you water will depend on rainfall, your lawn variety and any water restrictions in your area. Aim to water your lawn at least once a week as a minimum. Morning is the best time as your lawn will have the chance to soak up the water before it evaporates in the heat of the day. Late afternoon is also good. More about watering here.
Create a deep root system
A deep root system will help protect your lawn on those scorching summer days. Establishing a deep root system means the lawn’s roots will stay moist during high temperatures as they can access the water deep in the soil.
The way to do this is to water the lawn less often, and water deeply. At each water, give your lawn a little more of your time to ensure the water is nice and deep, which helps the roots grow deeper. The best time to do this is in the morning, when your lawn is at it’s most active, and before the heat of the day.
After extended periods of dry heat, some soils can start to repel water. Sprinkling a wetting agent over the lawn helps it better retain the water. If you have particularly dry spots, put a little more wetting agent in those areas. Wetting agents can be bought from most hardware stores and nurseries. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Apply a fertiliser early during the summer season to give your lawn a nutrient boost. However, avoid fertilising your lawn on really hot days.