SAFE LAWNS OF SALEM TIMELY LAWN CARE TIPS
Now is the Time for:Summertime Lawn, Tree, & Shrub Care
- How to take care of your property when it’s hot outside!
- All lawn care customers will have their yearly soil test this month.
- Lawns are usually not fertilized in the Summer unless they are watered by an irrigation system.
- It’s OK to skip lawn mowing during hot, dry weather.
Resist the temptation to overwater lawns and plants. It is best to water at a time when the grass and foliage will dry off the most quickly. Wetness can lead to disease.
Now is the Time for:Lawn Assessment & Future Planning
- It’s never too early to plan for a lush, green lawn for next Spring!
- Soil test results are ready for review. The results will indicate which Fall improvements will deliver the most optimal results.
- Fall is the best time to perform lawn improvements because warm soil temperatures yield quick germination, crabgrass and other weeds are nearing the end of their lifecycle and won’t compete with new grass, and there is more reliable moisture available.
- Fall Lawn improvements may include:
Core Aeration – Improves the flow of air, water, and nutrients through the soil.
Overseeding – Fills in bare spots and improves density of the turf without disturbing the existing lawn. Introduces new grass species to an existing lawn.
Compost Topdressing – Increases organic matter, providing nutrients and beneficial microbes. Improves soil structure, water infiltration, and uneven spots in the lawn. Reduces thatch along with watering and winter damage.
Lime Application – Keeping the right pH will allow soil to uptake maximum nutrients.
Now is the Time for:Relief from Summer Stress
- When the temperature is in the 80’s and 90”, run an afternoon “cool down” cycle.
- In areas of full sun, 10 minutes per zone for an average system is usually sufficient.
- At this time of year, regular watering should be done in the predawn or early morning. This will reduce the incidence of turf diseases.
Now is the Time for:Adjusting Your Watering Schedule to Reduce Disease
- During humid weather, and if the nighttime temperatures remain in the 80’s, shift irrigation cycles to later in the morning.
- Avoid long cycles that cause puddling or ponding of water in low areas.
- If the turf dies off in spots or irregular patches, discontinue watering and call SafeLawns of Salem for a consultation.