This has been the mildest winter we’ve seen in the northeast in many years. Because of the lack of snow we’re starting to hear about a potential problem. Lakes, streams, and ground water levels in some areas are quite low. What does that mean to you, the average homeowner? It means your lawn may not have received sufficient moisture to carry it through the upcoming growing months. As a result, grass maybe weaker and more vulnerable to diseases and pests. What can you do to keep your lawn healthy?
- Put your lawn on a regular fertilizer program and start before the heat of summer sets in.
- In the beginning of June, apply a fertilizer high in potassium to encourage stem/cell production.
- June through August, water one inch of water per week — equal to two hours of watering in one location.
- Water in the morning. If you water late in the day, the grass may not have time to dry out and a damp lawn can promote fungus disease.
- June through August, raise mower blade to 3″. The greater surface area of the grass will provide shade for the lawn.
- If a 10-day dry spell occurs with temperatures of 90 degrees and above, increase water to 2″ per week – equal to two hours of watering every three days.
Meet the extra needs of your lawn this summer by giving them an extra measure of care.