Summer in Oklahoma City means long summer evenings where you can spend more time with your loved ones doing the things you all enjoy. That may mean you’re spending more time in the backyard playing fetch with your dog, cooking up a BBQ, or … yard work. Well maybe not the last one, but you may find yourself spending time preparing for those fun evenings by doing extra work to make sure your lawn looks great. Here is our summer lawn care guide for Oklahoma City lawns.
When you mow your lawn each week, you should mow to the appropriate height for each grass type you have. You also need to make sure you’re following the one-third mowing rule, which will help keep your lawn healthy. This rule states that you should never remove more than one-third of the grass blade. Let’s say you have a grass type that should be mowed to a height of 2 inches. You should wait until the grass is 3 inches tall, and then mow off just the top inch (set your lawn mower to 2 inches). If you cut off too much, you risk damaging the grass blades and giving it a burnt out look.
Apply fertilizer that has the nutrients your lawn needs the most, so your lawn will look green and healthy. Apply fertilizer monthly, depending on your grass type and needs. Fertilizer has different amounts of a variety of nutrients to suit the needs of your lawn, so a soil test can help you know which one is best for you. Consult a pro if you have questions about how to properly fertilize your lawn.
Weeds, insects, and diseases can wreak havoc on your lawn at any time of year, but there are certain ones that are especially active during the summer. Weeds like dandelions can invade and take over the lawn. Brown circles in your lawn may be a sign of brown patch disease, while other signs of brown, dead grass may point to insect infestation. Pay attention and deal with these signs as soon as you notice them. Get a pro if you are a little out of your league with the pest control demands of your lawn this summer.
Good root growth relies on you watering deeply. Your lawn’s water needs are determined by your grass type. However, it’s recommended to apply more water every other day or every two days, as opposed to a small amount every single day, for the necessary weekly amount your lawn requires. You can ensure good watering habits by having a water-efficient irrigation system installed. This will ensure you water only when needed—and not overwater or waste water in other ways (like overspray or misting).
Need help preparing your lawn? Visit our Oklahoma City lawn care page to get in touch with a professional! In addition to Oklahoma City, we provide lawn care services to other Oklahoma cities, including Tulsa.
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