Avoiding Summer Damage to Your Lawn

The best foundation for a landscaping display is a green lawn

Practice proper lawn care to maintain healthy grass

When the heat of the Dallas summer meets high-traffic outdoor activity, your lawn can suffer. Try these lawn care tips to bring your outdoor environment back to life and keep it looking beautiful all summer.

Develop a Watering Routine

The general recommendation for watering is to give your lawn one inch of water per week unless the weather is extremely hot. Water in the morning before the heat begins to build. Use a sprinkler or irrigation system to get the water deep into the ground and give the grass the moisture it needs to thrive.

Mow Smart

Warm-season grasses should be cut to a height of two to three inches. Shorter grass browns in the heat and sustains damage more easily. Moisture loss increases when grass is shredded rather than cut clean, so sharpen the mower blades before the season begins. Avoid the urge to mow frequently. Cutting less often helps maintain lawn health.

Make Grass-Free Paths

Heavy foot traffic can damage dry grass and cause unsightly dead patches on the lawn. Consider adding a stone pathway or stepping stones in areas where people commonly walk. This reduces the stress on the grass and adds a pleasing visual element to your yard.

Clear the Clutter

Leaving chairs, toys, kiddie pools and lawn care equipment out on the grass is a surefire way to cause damage. The pressure creates soil compaction that can make it hard for grass to grow. It’s also important to clean up after Fido. Urine may burn grass if it’s not rinsed away, and leaving feces behind creates an unsanitary environment.

Recognize Common Invaders

A damaged lawn becomes susceptible to attack by insects, fungi and lawn diseases. White grubs, chinch bugs, armyworms and webworms are all common yard pests that may eat grass leaves and roots. Fungal growth can leave powdery residue or cause brown spots around the yard, and weeds have a way of creeping in and trying to take over. Seek natural control methods to combat these potentially problematic invaders.

Let ABC Home & Commercial Services help protect your lawn all summer with our comprehensive lawn care program. Whether you need someone to take care of the mowing or your lawn requires special attention to bounce back from damage, our methods are designed to address and fix common warm-weather problems. Contact us today or visit our website to schedule service for your Dallas home.

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