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How to keep your grass lush and green during the hot summer.

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This year we’ve focused on growing our landscape business including laying sod, weekly maintenance and lawn care, planting and landscape design. Often times we are asked about how to properly care for and maintain your grass to avoid dryness and brown spots.

Below are some tips on how to care for your grass to help keep the lawn looking fresh and green all summer long.

Mowing in the morning or evening is always best. Make sure to set the mower at minimum 3 inches. Grass blades can be lower than 3 inches but will require more water and care.

Watering in the morning is the best time to hydrate the lawn. Watering in the morning gives the soil enough time to soak in the water before the heat of the day evaporates it.
A rule of thumb (for most lawns) is a lawn needs at least 1”-1 ½” of water per week. One inch of water or rain is equivalent to 623 gallons per 1,000 square feet. Running your sprinklers about 30-35 minutes yields approximately 1/2 inch of water. Water deeply 2-3 times per week.

Nitrogen is found in fertilizer which keeps all the new growth green during the summer. Fertilize during the warm season and wait to fertilize during the cool season. If you have a cool season grass, wait to fertilize. These are dormant in the summer, and fertilizer will trigger too much new growth for them to stay green.

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