The summer season in Sarasota can get as high as 90 degrees. It could spell bad news for your lawn because the heat and the drought can bring damage if you do not prepare.
It’s vital to note that once temperatures have gone above 80 degrees, this could mean that your lawn will struggle a bit, especially if you have cool-season grasses. Expect growth to slow down, wear and tear will become more evident, and color will likely fade.
EFFECTS OF THE SUMMER SEASON TO YOUR YARD
Some people find the summer season invigorating. However, in lawn owners, this may not be the case. Below are some of the effects of the summer season to your yard. Keep an eye on it, and check if you’re experiencing any of the troubles below:
- Warm-season grasses: While warm-season grasses can survive the summer season, they can only be optimum when the temperatures remain higher than 80 degrees. It’s a great option when you’re living in Florida because summers here can be a bit of a struggle.
- Cool-season grasses: If you unintentionally happen to have cool-season weeds in your lawn, chances are your lawn will become dormant and brown during summer. If you’re really into cool-season grasses, consider more resilient ones. You may also consider planting species that can survive the summer heat while still looking beautiful.
- Watch out for rotten branches or leaves: During summer, it’s a good idea to have a good sweep around the yard. This way, you’re getting rid of fallen branches from your lawn. Rake your law for an extra touch of cleanliness.
WAYS TO PREPARE YOUR YARD FOR THE SUMMER SEASON
A famous quote goes something like, “if you don’t plan, you plan to fail.” This applies even to your lawn. Because the summer season can be brutal, it’s essential to take note of these tips on how to prepare your yard for the summer season:
BE WISE WHEN WATERING YOUR PLANTS.
It’s best to water your plants early in the morning so that the water won’t evaporate quickly due to the heat. Never water your plants in the evening because in doing so, you’re keeping your plants wet for a longer period. It can cause fungal diseases to grow on your plants.
Take note of insects and diseases.
Your lawn can become dormant during the summer, which makes it more susceptible to insect infestations. Among these include:
- Sod webworms
- Fire ants
Summer also means fungal diseases for your plants. You may avoid this by going to tip number one and skipping evening watering. Pay close attention to your plants during the summer so that you can quickly catch any diseases or insect infestations as early as possible.
SECURE HIGH-TRAFFIC AREAS.
The summer season also ushers in a lot of activities with friends and family. There’s the usual barbecue and having more family or friends over. Prevent wear and tear on your lawn by installing stepping stones on it. You may also opt to divert traffic to somewhere else, so your visitors can altogether avoid your yard.
OVER-FERTILIZING IS A BIG NO.
Yes, your lawn can look straggly but don’t give in to the temptation. Don’t attempt to fertilize it and “nurse” it back to life. If you apply extra fertilizer, it can lead to the burning of your lawn and creating a tender growth that will not be able to make it through the summer heat.
FOR YOUR SUMMER SEASON LAWN CARE TIPS, CONSIDER TURF FOX.
Turf Fox is your expert when it comes to landscape maintenance in the Sarasota area. The summer season shouldn’t stop you from fulfilling your gardening passion. We can help you maintain your lawn by removing weeds and making sure that there’s no insect growth, among others.
Our roster of knowledgeable workers goes through a 30-day training program. They also have a 20-point checklist to make sure that they address everything on your lawn.
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