It’s a difficult time of year to know what to do with the lawn. Between crazy weather and crazier family schedules, the lawn can drop down your priorities list. Let’s ask a few questions you might have once you get back out in your yard.
Should I fertilize?
In order to answer this question, we should answer another one first.
Is the lawn getting adequate moisture?
If you have irrigation, this is easy to answer. If you rely on Mother Nature (as I do), it’s a little trickier. Summertime often sees long periods of dry weather with an occasional deluge here and there. The lawn will not be able to use granular fertilizer until it gets wet. If you apply a granular fertilizer when it is dry, it won’t go anywhere but it won’t be available to the lawn until it rains or you get a sprinkler on it.
Should I spray weeds now?
Weeds can really take off in the summer. Lawns that are stressed will begin to thin out creating an ideal spot for more drought-tolerant weeds. If you need to spray, do so with caution in the summer. Most weed killers that don’t harm the grass (like Weed Free Zone and Weed-B-Gone) WILL harm the grass around 90 degrees. Don’t spray if the forecast is calling for these temperatures in the next 24 hours.
Can I seed now?
The short answer is yes. Grass seed can be applied throughout the summer. Rough up the ground with a heavy rake before seeding. Watering is the critical step. Daily watering is necessary for success. Maybe twice a day (before and after work) depending on temperature and rain.
If you aren’t exactly thrilled by the idea of working in the lawn at this time of the year, now is still a perfect time to plan your fall lawn activities. Walk around and take stock. Identify the most weedy areas. These weeds will need to be sprayed or pulled. Once the weeds are gone, these areas will need to be seeded. Remember that you have to wait typically two weeks in between spraying and seeding. The first part of September is the ideal time for seeding in our area. Use a starter fertilizer at that time. If you are able to get seed started in September you can apply one more fertilizer application in late fall.
Each lawn is unique and each family has different needs. Stop in and let us help create a DIY plan for you. A barefoot-ready lawn is within reach!