During the hot Summer months, it is important to start assessing and calculating the risks involved with certain lawn maintenance tasks. Mowing and watering your lawn in excessive heat and humidity poses certain risks to not only your lawn, but can also prove detrimental to your personal health. Here we discuss some risks and and changes in your lawn care approach that should be considered going into the Summer months.
Cut Back On The Watering
Despite traditional wisdom on watering lawns during the summer, this is a time when less is more. The high heat and humidity creates a breeding ground for Summer lawn diseases, such as Brown Patch and Summer Patch. Having excessive moisture on grass blades aids in development of these fungal diseases. There are also certain insect pests, such as the Japanese Beetle, that thrive better in wet versus dry conditions. The following are some best practices for watering your lawn during Summer.
- Water no more than 2 times per week from July through August
- Heavy infrequent watering creates a thicker, more drought resistant turf
- Water to about 1 inch per session
- Do not mow a wet lawn
- Use shade trees and perennials to create a natural barrier against heat stress
Perform Tasks Your Lawn at Times That Are Safer For You and Your Lawn
Performing lawn or landscaping tasks in the heat can be dangerous to not only your lawn, it can be dangerous to your health as well. Cutting grass, or other plants, during high temperatures causes the whole plant to go into a state of shock. After this, the plant takes longer to recover and makes it more susceptible to weed invasion. While performing laborious tasks, such as lawn mowing or landscaping, in high heat environments increases your risk of heat stroke and dehydration. The following are some tips for beating the heat in your yard this Summer:
- Perform tasks, such as mowing, early morning or nearer to the evening
- Make sure your equipment is up to the task including power requirements, maintenance and proper usage
- Drink plenty of water before and during landscape tasks, even if you’re not thirsty
- Do no mow too short, most lawn care experts recommend a height of at least 3 inches during summer
- Avoid spraying harsh pesticides when temperatures exceed 85 degrees Fahrenheit. This can cause drift and lawn damage.
While performing lawn & landscape tasks in Spring and Fall can prove daunting, in Summer these tasks can become downright dangerous. The aforementioned fact paired with increasingly busy life schedules makes it become a better option to hire a professional with specialized tools and knowledge to maintain your lawn and landscape. While these conditions can be just as hazardous to these workers, having professional equipment and more labor resources allows them to provide homeowners some relief.
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