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. Greening formula 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 lawn and 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. For larger areas of weeds or if moss is also present, apply and all in one weedkiller. 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 weed killer.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.