Transitioning Your Lawn from Spring to Summer

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CHARLOTTE – Keeping your lawn green and healthy during the hot days of summer begins with properly caring for lawns in spring.

Watering – Wait until the grass shows signs of wilt, which may not happen until late spring. Watering too early only encourages shallow root growth, which will be unable to withstand hot, dry summer weather and may result in a brown, dry lawn. When you start watering, water deeply then let the grass wilt slightly before watering again. Typically, about an inch (2.5 cm.) of water per week is enough.

Fertilizing – Spring isn’t a good time for fertilizing the lawn because the tender, new growth is likely to be scorched when the weather turns hot in summer. This is especially important if you live in a climate affected by drought. If your lawn isn’t healthy, you can apply a light application of a balanced slow-released lawn fertilizer, but withhold heavier fertilization until autumn. The exception is if your lawn consists one of the warm season grasses such as Bermuda or Zoysia. If this is the case, fertilize as soon as the grass greens up and shows active growth in mid to late spring.

Mowing – Never scalp your lawn and don’t remove more than one-third the height of the grass at any mowing. Be sure to sharpen mower blades before you begin.

Aerating – If your lawn needs aeration, midspring is a good time. However, wait until fall to remove thatch.

By following these simple spring lawn care tips you can be proud of your lawn as we transition from spring to summer.

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