It’s no secret that I’ve spent many hours & plenty of money to get my lawn looking pimp.
When we moved in a few years ago, we had a bunch of weeds, brown spots and our lawn definitely stood out like a sore thumb in our neighborhood.
And I definitely didn’t want to be “that guy” in our new ‘hood. So, I got in touch with the great people at 608 Landscape LLC and had them come over and give me an estimate on what it would take to get my yard in tip-top shape.
After a year of regular treatments, including an end-of-season overseeding & aerating, the damn thing is looking fresh this year and I’m really looking forward to year three!
But I’m not just relying on them to make it pretty. Your boy spends a LOT of time out there, mowing, weeding, trimming, mulching, etc.
And if you’re looking for some end-of-summer lawn care tips, here ya go:
- Mow on a higher setting. Usually, you should mow your grass to about 3 or 4 inches…Taller grass will lead to deeper roots, prevent weeds from growing, and help your lawn live through a dry season.
- Mow in the morning or at dusk! And mow less often during the summer than in spring and fall. The hot sun will damage freshly cut grass.
- Don’t water during the day. The best time to water grass lawns is in the early morning between 4am-9am. Watering in the AM will help reduce the amount of evaporation that occurs, so your grass can soak up more water in less time. This trick will save you on your water bill. Avoid watering at midday, when water evaporates too quickly and late at night (which can lead to fungal growth).
- Mulch, don’t bag. Normally, I like to bag my clippings so that I’m not tracking it into the house, but in the late summer/early fall, I’ll let it stay on the lawn. Mulched grass will help trap moisture near the soil, keeping your grass hydrated for a longer period.
- Last but certainly not least – Aerate your lawn! The summer sun makes the soil of your yard compact, making it hard for water, air, nutrients, and fertilizer to get to the roots of your grass. Aeration will loosen up your soil, making it so your roots have access to what it needs to thrive.