Summer is the season for getting outside and enjoying your lawn, whether that means grilling out in your backyard, letting the kids play in the sprinklers, or just hanging out with a cold beverage and some cool grass between your toes. At Redline Landscapes, we help northwest Atlanta homeowners get that lush, green lawn that will be the envy of the neighbors. Check out our summer lawn care guide for a quick and handy breakdown of our lawn care pro tips, or give us a call at 404-448-3372.
A Quick and Useful Summer Lawn Care Guide
How to Mow Grass Like a Pro
Lawn mowing may seem basic, but the devil’s in the details. To keep your lawn happy during the hot summer months, try these tricks:
- Mow frequently. You should mow often enough that no more than a third of the blades of grass is shorn. Infrequent mowings when the grass is allowed to get too long will stress the grass, which can open it up to fungus, insects, or other blights.
- Raise your mower blade. Don’t forget to increase the height at which you cut the grass during the summer, or any time you’re dealing with additional stressors like high temperatures or drought.
- Keep your lawn mower blades sharp! A cleaner cut doesn’t just look better, it also helps your grass be more water efficient and causes less stress.
Give Your Grass Some Breathing Room
Depending on the level of thatch in your grass and the compaction of the soil, you may need our core aeration services. Aeration helps remove part of the layer of dead grass, or thatch, that can prevent water, air, and nutrients from reaching the grass roots, as well as loosening up heavily compacted soil.
Learn How to Water Your Lawn More Efficiently
According to the UGA Extension, it’s better to water deeper and less frequently, than to administer frequent, light waterings. Thanks to the heat here in Atlanta, water evaporates quickly, so you need to soak the grass and let the water absorb fully into the soil instead of sprinkling it with a light mist.
You need enough to wet the soil 6 to 8 inches deep, which works out to 1 inch of water or 600 gallons per 1,000 square feet. If your soil includes some of that famous Georgia clay, note that you might need multiple start times to prevent runoff.
And it’s not just how much water you apply, but also when you apply it that will make a huge difference in the health of your lawn. Night or early morning hours are best; basically any time after sundown or before sunrise. This reduces evaporation loss, improves absorption, and can make your lawn less susceptible to fungus or other unsightly grass maladies.
Want to enjoy the lush lawn of your dreams without wasting precious family time this summer? We’ve got you covered! Get in touch with Redline Landscapes to learn more about our weekly or bi-weekly lawn care services in Marietta, Kennesaw, Dallas, and northwest Atlanta