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Summer in Nebraska can be a lot of fun and a great time to enjoy the outdoors. It’s an ideal season to be outside on your front porch or your backyard patio — but not if your lawn is turning brown or wilting due to summer heat. To protect your lawn and keep it looking great all summer, even when the sun is at its harshest, here are a few tips to follow.
How To Protect Grass From Extreme Heat
There are a few steps you can take to prevent your grass from burning in summer including:
- Mow your lawn
- Limit traffic on it
- Protect it from insects and disease
Following these steps will help to keep your lawn fresh throughout the hottest months of the year. Keep reading for an in-depth look into each step.
Mow Your Lawn
You need to mow your lawn to keep it looking good, but mowing the wrong way can make your lawn more vulnerable to sun damage, potentially scorching it beyond repair. The keys are:
- Frequent but proper mowing
- Mowing early in the morning or later at night when the sun is not at its height
- Never cutting more than a third of the grass blade at any time
- Mowing to no less than three inches or so
Fertilize Your Lawn
The sun feeds your lawn, but it’s not the only source of nutrients your lawn needs. A slow-release fertilizer can feed your lawn while protecting it from summer heat burn.
Limit Traffic on Your Lawn
There’s a reason the neighbors always yelled at you to keep off the lawn when you were a kid. Heavy traffic over your lawn can damage its structure and make it more vulnerable to sun damage. It’s okay to let your kids run around and enjoy the grass, but keep an eye out for areas that seem like they may be getting worn down, and make those spots off-limits until they recover.
Protect Your Lawn from Insects & Disease
If you are caring for your lawn properly and are still seeing brown spots in certain areas, it could be a disease or insect issue, especially during the summer months when many insects dangerous to lawns are active. If you suspect that this is the problem, you should call in a lawn care professional to diagnose it.
Water Your Lawn
Without proper watering, nothing will enable your lawn to survive the tough summer heat. A garden hose will usually just not get the job done, because it’s labor-intensive and usually failing to offer complete coverage. The Rain Bird PRS Sprinkler System, available from Nature’s Helper, is highly efficient for watering your lawn throughout the summer.
Nature’s Helper, voted Best of Omaha eight years in a row for lawn irrigation and sprinklers, has affordable and convenient service plans, and we can come and set up your sprinkler system quickly and efficiently. That way, you can relax and enjoy your lawn without worrying that it will get the water it needs. For more information, a free estimate or to schedule service, contact Nature’s Helper today.