Quick Guide to Having a Beautiful Lawn

With summer creeping in, you can bet that the sun will be scorching. However, that doesn’t mean that your lawn should pay the price. This year, your landscape can look better than ever with these landscaping maintenance tips:

  1. Don’t overwater. No matter how hot it is outside, you don’t want to drown your grass in water. As a rule of thumb, water deeply but no more than is necessary. During the summertime, it’s usually adequate to water once every three days. You’ll want to saturate your lawn with enough water to soak in to about 8 inches of the soil underneath. If you’re not sure how much water that is, you can use a probe or a screwdriver to check.
  2. Water after dark. Because the temperature can get so high in the summer, it’s best to wait until the sun goes down to start watering. Otherwise, the water will evaporate and not soak into the lawn. The best time to water is in the early morning, before 5 a.m. This will minimize the chance of fungus and allow the roots to soak in as much water as possible.
  3. Don’t cut your lawn too short. While you might hate mowing the lawn, cutting it too short won’t solve the problem. In fact, it could make things worse. Short grass requires more water. As a rule of thumb, keep your grass about 1 inch tall. Then, don’t remove more than 1/3 of the blade of grass at a time. However, you can increase the height of mowing by 25% in areas that are shady.
  4. Maintain your mower’s blades. To keep your lawn beautiful, it’s important to keep your lawnmower’s blades sharp. This will make the cut cleaner when you mow, keeping your grass healthier.
  1. Dethatch, dethatch, dethatch. If you have more than ½ inch of thatch or material consisting of grass and roots covering your lawn, it’s time to remove this. Otherwise, it can impact the growth and health of your current lawn.
  2. Lay fertilizer as needed. Every lawn needs food to thrive. Apply fertilizer monthly during the summer and watch your lawn grow and become greener than ever! However, don’t over-fertilize; otherwise, you could end up mowing your lawn more than you’d like.
  3. Aerate your lawn. Aerating will help to soften the hard Arizona soil. Its best do it during May or June when the nighttime temperature is in the mid-60s. This is a time when the grass will be growing quickly. Aeration allows the water, sunlight, and fertilizer to reach the roots more quickly.

Landscaping maintenance doesn’t need to be difficult. By following these few simple steps, your landscape and lawn will be more beautiful than ever this year!

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