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Ways to Keep Your Grass Green During Summer

June 30, 2014

The long, hot summer can be pretty challenging on your lawn with all those hot, dry days. Many lawns bake in the heat. But, look around and you’ll notice some lawns in the neighborhood keep looking green all summer long. Wonder how that happens?
First of all, be sure to fertilize your lawn regularly. A well-fed lawn grows in thick, crowding out weeds and cooling the soil, which helps it handle the heat.
Don’t cut your grass short. Longer grass allows the growth of longer roots, which can reach down for moisture even on hot, dry days.
Most importantly, water your lawn thoroughly whether short or long. Frequent, shallow watering encourages grass to grow short roots, causing it to stress out during droughts. But an inch of water a week serves as a good rule of thumb for keeping your lawn green during the hot summer. Be sure to water as early as possible in the morning to help reduce wasteful evaporation.
Finally, older lawns may have types of grass that can’t handle heat. The grass may grow in bunches or have thick, ugly blades. Also, a hot summer can leave bare spots and thin areas around the lawn. New grass varieties have been developed to be able to handle scorching heat and still look good.

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