This year, with the rainy days and cooler-than-usual temps, it’s hard to remember that summertime is here. But to keep your house looking great, it’s important to keep your lawn and shrubs looking top-notch. Here are a few tips to help you through the next few months.
When mowing your lawn, be sure to not cut it too short. With the sun and heat, cutting grass too short can encourage it to “burn” and die. A blade height of around 3 inches tends to be best. Doing so will help shade the grass from the hot sun, as well as encourage deep root growth.
Watch for signs of insect damage and summer lawn diseases, such as summer brown patch. If you suspect something is attacking your lawn – whether it be a disease or pests – contact your local garden center agent for help.
Most lawns require about an inch of water per week. If rainy days aren’t providing that, watering will be necessary. Keep in mind that morning is the best time to water your lawn as that’s when there’s less evaporation.
With all the rain we’ve had, you may be seeing mushrooms grow. Mushrooms on their own are not harmful, so you can leave them, if you’d like. However, if you see a fairy ring – a circle of mushrooms with grass in the center – you’ll want to get rid of the mushrooms. This fairy ring causes a competition for water between the grass and the mushrooms and can cause your grass to die.
- Use fertilizers on your lawn sparingly during the summer. Chemical fertilizers tend to burn lawns, though this is less likely with organic fertilizers.
Robin Husney, Your Charlotte NC Real Estate Specialist