The secret to keeping your garden lawn lush during the summer
Though most plants need sunlight to live, the harsh summer heat can make it very hard for your lawn to stay green during the warmer months. The first thing to keep in mind is that summer weather requires more watering for your lawn. Depending on the type of soil, you will need to ensure it is sufficiently watered. Dry grass can appear dull, so make sure you're watering it enough. However, if you start seeing water trickle off into the street, you may be watering too much. Overwatering will prevent the grass from establishing a strong root system. Watering in the morning will help the soil absorb the water before the sun has a chance to reach its highest intensity. You don't want the water to evaporate before the plant has had the opportunity to photosynthesize. There is no secret, finding the right balance is a matter of trial and error.
Fertilising is another great way of keeping a lush lawn during the summer. By doing so, you will ensure that the grass gets the appropriate amount of nutrients. Just like humans, plants need food to survive - feed your lawn!
Don't leave clippings where the grass is too thick though, or you will start to see mould appear, as the water won't get a proper chance of absorbing into the soil. When mowing, allow the grass to grow slightly longer than you usually would, to prevent putting too much stress on it. Let it grow out for longer if you notice the grass is drying out. Set your mower to three inches or the highest setting and mow every two to three weeks.
Bald patches on your lawn are sometimes a consequence of lawn pests, especially if you notice birds picking at it. Take care of the matter by buying nematodes, which are a chemical free solution to getting rid of the pesky pests. Additionally, you will need to aerate your lawn by sticking a garden fork at least 15 centimeters apart into the soil. A well aerated surface will allow water to penetrate instead of forcing it to pool, creating dehydration and mould in some areas. Nutrients will therefore be able to permeate deeper into the soil.
Don't worry too much though - if you ever find your lawn dry and dull, there are plenty of ways to repair the damage. Get professional help if you feel like you're not able to do so.
_Amélie Pollak _