Summer Tips

Helpful Summer tips for your lawn

Mowing  

Proper Mowing

Proper mowing is essential in lawn care. At this time of the year the mower should be raised to as high as you can stand it. The best recommendation is to mow your lawn at the height of 3 inches, this puts your mowing settings on the second to the highest setting. This allows your lawn to stay greener, takes less water, less fertilizer and will squeeze out and keep out many weeds when your mowing your lawn higher. If you notice your lawn looking a little yellow just after mowing it, then you are mowing too short. Your lawn should stay just as green after mowing your lawn. 

 
   
Edging  

Proper Edging

We all want a nice manicured lawn which includes a straight edge on our lawns. Proper edging will look good and bring a noticable difference to your lawn. Improper edging will do the samething but it will also allow many weeds to invade out lawns. Weeds are basically non competitors and will grow in low spots, bare spots and just easy places to grow. Notice in your gardens and flower beds that weds grow easily anywhere that is low or bare. Using a weed whip we tend to cut the edge too low sometimes exposing a little dirt and all sorts of weeds will start growing there. Many weeds that love the edges are spurge, crabgrass, and dandelions. Proper edging will help keep these weeds at bay. 

 
   
Watering  

Proper Watering

If you are having trouble with the water running off of your lawn when you water, then try watering in 2 cycles. Instead of a 30 minute run time of the sprinklers try watering in two cycles at 15 minutes each. Run your system in a complete cycle then have it run again right after. This will allow the water to soak in the soil and get to the root zone and minimize runoff. Please don't water from 10am to 6pm to conserve water!

 
   
Diseases  

Diseases to look for

There a few disease to look for at this time of year. Necrotic RingSpot is a terrible disease to have. It is easily to see has it is in round circles. This is a devastating disease to your lawn. Another disease called leaf blight can be seen at this time of year. For more information on diseases click here.

Make sure when you see a brown spot, get it properly diagnosed as this will greatly aide your help. All brown spots are not insects or diseases but can be under drought stress, which is very common with our grasses here in Northern Utah as we have cool seasons grasses which do really well between the temperatures of 70 to 80 degrees.

 
   
Insects  

Insects to look for

This time of year there are a few bugs that can get into our lawns. Billbugs are a small insect that looks like a grain of rice with a little red head. Grubs show up a little later in the summer time but can do a lot of damage with the grass rolling back like carpet. Chinch bugs are rather new to Utah and are becoming more and more common. All these bugs can damage the lawn to a great extent so it is very beneficial to catch these before they do a lot of damage.

 
   
Weed Control  

Weeds

If you are still having a lot of weed problems, the control may not be as effective as you are hoping for. With temperatures reaching above 90 degrees the weeds slowly shut down and do not take in the herbicides as well. The best time to control most weeds are in the fall time when the temperatures are a little cooler and the weeds are taking in what they can for production for next year. Annual weeds such as crabgrass and spurge can be killed out at this time of year but it is very important to get the early spring application with pre emergent and make sure your are mowing and edging properly as this will help rid your lawn from these weeds. For identification of weeds click here