This is potentially the most challenging time of year for your lawn, with extreme heat, wind and dryness all getting thrown at it. While you can’t do much about the weather, you can make sure your lawn is well set up to survive these trying conditions.
- Get water-wise. Lawns can dry out very quickly in summer. Water early in the morning while it’s cool so your lawn gets a chance to absorb the maximum amount of water. Late watering may induce overnight humidity resulting in fungal problems.
- Mowing. Growth usually slows down in hot, dry weather due to stress. Raise the cutting height of the mower to leave the grass longer, providing shade and natural cooling to the roots and soil. Mow early or late in the day to reduce the incidence of the grass developing burned tips.
- Weed watch. Weeds may continue to thrive in summer, especially dandelion and cats-ear that have large tap roots that help them survive drought. Take care using lawn weeding products – many brands suggest avoiding use in hot weather. Always read the label to make sure it’s suitable for your lawn variety before using.