Summer Lawn Care
Maintaining good lawn care practices throughout the spring should result in a healthy, dark green lawn by the beginning of the summer. The weather becomes much warmer and typically drier when the summer hits, meaning that lawn care should become more focused on retaining moisture and getting the most out of the soil’s nutrients. It is wise to switch fertilizers and use one more suited for summer conditions as well as to continue weed and grub control applications as the summer begins.
Fertilizers used for summer applications contain different blends of nutrients than fertilizers used for spring applications that better protect lawns from diseases and the effects of heat stress. Organic based fertilizers are the most effective for summer applications. These fertilizers generally consist of animal sources such as compost, blood meal, bone meal, humic acid, amino acids, and seaweed extracts. Organic fertilizers activate nutrients within the soil as they help retain moisture to prevent topsoil erosion and brown spots. Like the granular fertilizer of early season blends, organic summer fertilizers release nutrients slowly for more consistent applications.
Along with summer blend fertilizer applications, weed and grub control should continue to be applied to prevent weed growth and grubs from developing. Early summer is a great time for preventative grub control applications because grubs do not start to hatch until July and early applications can hinder their development. By switching to organic summer blend fertilizers and continuing to apply weed and grub control, you lawn will stay healthy in the summer’s hottest months.