How to Keep Your Lawn Green & Healthy in the Hot Summer Months
Caring for Colorado lawns can be a challenge! A higher elevation means a hotter sun and a drier climate. Grass gets thirsty and needs attention to stay healthy and green. Treat your lawn right with some top tips, and you’ll have a beautiful yard you can enjoy for years to come!
Raise your lawnmower blades! Leaving grass height at 2 to 3 inches will keep roots shaded and help retain water. Have your mower serviced once a year and keep lawnmower blades sharp. Sharp blades provide a clean cut and avoid tearing the tips of the grass that will then turn brown.
Let the Air In
Lawn aeration should be a regular part of your spring and fall lawn care programs. Aerating, or cultivating, the yard helps grass accept and retain water more effectively. Give your garden a helping hand to get the water to the roots!
Watch Your Watering
Plan on less frequent, deep watering to promote stronger roots and a green, healthy lawn. It may seem counterintuitive but watering your grass less often, but for a longer period, actually increases drought intolerance.
Set your irrigation system to water in the early morning to avoid evaporation and allow it to soak in during the hot day. Never water midday when the water will evaporate almost immediately and waste money!
Feed it Right
Fertilize your lawn in the spring, before it gets too hot. If you do choose to feed the grass in the summer, select a fertilizer that offers both slow-release and fast-release nitrogen. These blends work well and have a lower risk of damaging stressed grass. Fertilize right before your scheduled lawn watering!
Ditch the Bag
Scrap the mower bag and allow the cut grass clippings to fall back onto the lawn. They will act as a mulch to retain moisture and become a fertilizer as the clippings decompose. The exception? Remove cut grass clippings from areas near storm drains and any water streams to avoid contaminating water sources with grass fertilizer or pesticides.
To help your lawn looks its best, plant the right grasses for the Colorado climate. Proper grass selection and the correct irrigation system can reduce the need for fertilizers, lower water costs, and keep your lawn happy year round!
Not sure where to begin? Contact us! We are experts in Colorado landscape and lawn design, installation, and maintenance.