Man oh man is it hot! The actual temperature, not the heat index, in Maryland topped 100-degrees for the first time since 2012. To make things worse, the temperature hit 90-degrees or higher for nearly a straight week to close out July. This type of heat can wreak havoc on your lawn if you don’t take the necessary precautions. We’ve put together a few helpful tips to help you and your lawn beat the heat.
Not Too Short
Cutting a lawn too short can cause problems year-round, but those problems are made worse with the heat. If grass is cut too short its ability to grow is stymied. Cutting grass at the right height helps keep the roots strong and makes the grass more resilient. What is the right height, though? That depends on the type of grass, and figuring out the right height will require you to do some research.
A sharp mower blade will make a cleaner cut than a dull one. A nice clean cut will help the grass heal faster and grow back healthier. A dull blade will actually tear the grass, not cut it. Torn grass is more susceptible to browning and diseases that can kill your lawn.
This one is tough, because it run counter-intuitive to our basic ideas about plants. Generally speaking, grass only needs about one-inch of water per week. That includes rainfall, so water with the weather in mind. Over-watering your yard can lead to diseases, since diseases do well in wetter conditions. It’s a good idea to water your lawn heavily enough so the entire root zone gets wet. Hold off on watering it again until you can visibly tell it is dry.
Let JFK Lawn and Landscape Help Maintain Your Garden
For over 12 years, Jason Kahler and his team at JFK Lawn & Landscaping have been providing outstanding landscaping service to homeowners and businesses throughout Howard County, and recently expanded to Montgomery County and Carroll County. Family owned and operated since 2004, JFK offers services including lawn maintenance, turf enhancement, general landscaping, gutter cleaning, and power washing, as well as snow removal services in the winter months. To learn more about what we do, check out our About Us page or our FAQ section.
If you have any questions or concerns about your lawn and landscaping needs, please feel free to give us a call at (410) 531-6208 or shoot us an email using our contact form.