Summer in Memphis is in full-swing. The hot sun is beating down on our yards and if you don’t take the right measures to keep your grass healthy, you will soon be flying the brown, patchy flag of a neglected lawn. In the second part of our series – Summer Tips for Lawn Care and Maintenance – we share three more tips that will help you create a pleasant and inviting yard  for you and your loved ones to enjoy this summer. Be sure to read part one, and get in touch with the experts at Personal Lawn Care for all of your needs in the Memphis area.

It’s Not How Much You Water Your Lawn, It’s How You Do It

When you think of summer lawn care, watering is the first thing that comes to mind. Watering is extremely important, but it has to be done right to be effective. Here are some guidelines to follow:

  • Water Early in the Day – Rise and shine! Watering early in the morning helps your grass be more heat-resistant throughout the day. If you water late in the day, your lawn won’t completely dry before the sun goes down, making it fertile ground for pests and fungal diseases. Bonus points if you have an automatic irrigation system — just set your timer for 5am and sleep in!
  • Water Deeply Two to Three Times a Week – it’s so hot out, and you’re worried about your grass, but watering a little bit every day isn’t the answer. Instead, give it a deep, one-to-two inches of water a couple times a week. Like all aspects of lawn care, consistency is key here, so set your irrigation system accordingly and keep an eye on your grass to track its progress.
  • Inspect Your Watering System – Whether you are using an automated irrigation system or doing the watering yourself, monitoring your equipment is crucial for successful lawn care in the summer. Be sure to check your valve-boxes for water, and be on the lookout for leaking sprinklers — both signs that your valves need to be repaired or replaced.  If you are concerned about the effectiveness of your system, call the pros at Personal Lawn Care and schedule a free consultation.

Treat Spots Caused By Pet Waste

We love our furry friends, but nobody likes the unsightly yellow and brown spots that dog urine leaves on your grass. It’s always a good idea to have a bottle of pet urine spray on hand to help restore these areas, but there are a few measures you can take that won’t cost you a dime:

  • Drink up, Buddy! – In this heat, your dog should be drinking more water than normal anyways, and the more water your dog drinks, the more diluted the nitrogen concentration of their urine will be. Concentrated levels of nitrogen in dog urine is what damages your lawn.
  • Spray with Water – hosing down the area with a spray of water after your dog does their business also helps to dilute the urine and combat the effects of nitrogen on your grass.
  • Train Your Dog to Go in One Area – teach your pup to use a specific area of the lawn to relieve themselves, and take them out there every time. This will limit the time you need to spend treating pet spots, and give you more time for other important parts of your lawn care routine.

Follow the summer lawn care tips from this post and part one of this series to foster and maintain an incredible and inviting space in your yard this summer. Personal Lawn Care offers custom lawn care, weed control, and fertilizer services in the Memphis area – get in touch with us today to schedule a free consultation.