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Grass on the Eastside Hill

Submitted by Editor on July 28, 2010 – 8:50 pm | Print or Email »3 Comments

by Ernie Reppe, Hoover Avenue | The Dog Days of summer are here, and they’re ready to wreak havoc on our Eastside Hill lawns. Although it’s nearly impossible for our cool season lawns to look as good now as they do in the spring or fall, there are some things we can do to keep them healthy. Here are five simple tips to effectively managing your lawn during the hottest of days.

  1. Raise your mower. Cutting your grass at a height of 2.5” – 3” is one of the best things you can do to promote a healthy lawn. Doing so allows the grass to store energy and water resources and crowd out weeds.
  2. Leave clippings in the yard. No need to bag all those clippings. They provide needed nutrients that are recycled back into the soil when left on the lawn. They are primarily water and will not create thatch.
  3. Water early in the morning. If you have decided to water your lawn during the dry spells, avoid doing so in the afternoon. Watering when the sun is at full strength is a waste of time, water, and money since a lot of the moisture is lost to evaporation.
  4. Water deeply. Give your lawn a good soaking once or twice a week (if rain is not in the forecast). This allows the water to be absorbed into the soil, thus promoting deep root growth. The general rule of thumb is that your lawn needs 1” of water each week.
  5. Avoid fertilizer. It would seem appropriate to throw a bag of fertilizer on a brown and thirsty lawn, but this could potentially do more harm than good. You want to avoid “shocking” the grass if it has become dormant, and you run the risk of runoff when the moisture tries to penetrate the hard soil. Instead, wait until fall to fertilize when the grass is recovering and needs the extra nutrients.

If a healthy lawn is what you want when the temperature gets cranked up this summer, these five tips are a great place to start. Overall, the main goal is for your lawn to survive the summer with as little damage as possible so that it can strengthen and thrive in the fall.

For more lawn care topics and my tips pertaining to Eau Claire visit www.reppelawn.com.

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