Tips to Beat the Summer Heat and Keep Your Lawn Healthy

grass being watered

While escaping the heat of summer is easy for us to do by heading indoors and turning up the AC, this isn’t the case for your yard. You may have already noticed a few brown patches starting to pop up on what was once luscious green grass. While having a great sprinkler system is a good tool to help keep your yard looking healthy during the summer heat, there are a few other tricks you can apply to your yard to help it from getting scorched by summer heat.

Keep Grass Longer

By keeping your grass maintained a little higher than you would during cooler months it allows the roots to extend deeper and prevent weeds from showing up. Weeds and grass compete for water, so by keeping your weeds to a bare minimum it will help your grass to remain healthy.

Avoid Fertilizing

If your lawn is looking rough come midsummer, try to resist the urge to fertilize it. A general rule of thumb says it is best to stop fertilizing about 30 days before summer arrives. Giving your lawn extra fertilizer during the summer heat can burn your lawn. If you do choose to fertilize, organic fertilizers are slow-release and less likely to burn your lawn — but we advise waiting until fall or spring.

Water Grass in the Morning

Be sure to water your grass in the morning because it isn’t as hot out and less water will be lost to evaporation from sunlight. Another benefit from watering your lawn in the morning is that you’re also giving it more time to hydrate before night comes. Giving your lawn half an inch of water twice a week should help keep your grass hydrated and green.

Limit Lawn Traffic

While it’s probably impossible to avoid walking on your lawn, you can definitely limit how much traffic it sees. Grass during the summer season is dryer, so walking on it can lead to damage. Heavy foot traffic can cause packed in soil, which prevents air from getting down to the roots.

Plant Trees

For a more permanent solution, plant some trees in order to provide shade throughout your yard. It may not be a quick fix, but these trees will help to provide shaded areas for many years to come. Trees also help improve air quality, increase property value and provide a relaxing home environment.

While it may seem like a hassle at first, following the above steps will help to keep your lawn looking healthy throughout the summer heat. Your grass will tolerate heat more easily if it is kept healthy throughout the year so be sure to follow proper fertilization, watering, mowing and pest control tips. Stay tuned to our blog for more lawn care tips!

Tips To Keeping Your Backyard BBQ Pest Free

Keep Your Backyard BBQ Pest Free with the Following Tips

It is officially summer, which means most of us will be spending more time outside enjoying the beautiful weather. Did you know that 85% of individuals have claimed that they LOVE summer because it allows them to spend more time outside hosting events like barbecues? The only downside — sometimes you get some uninvited guests, or should we say pests! Ants, yellowjackets, and flies are attracted to barbecue foods, and mosquitoes are active once the sun goes down. If you want to keep your guests happy during your outdoor activities and your backyard pest-free during your barbecues, we highly suggest the following tips.

1.) Since mosquitoes thrive during the dusk and dawn, be sure to have plenty of insect repellant if you are planning a barbecue before the sun sets! Citronella candles can help minimize their presence!

2.) Keep all of the food and beverages in coolers and containers.

3.) Be sure to clean up all spills, trash, and crumbs from the area to prevent unwanted guests from showing up (AKA ants!).

4.) Remove any source that has standing water in your yard. Water in your yard can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes!

5.) If you have screen doors, be sure to check for any damage or holes. If you have any, be sure to repair it before your guests come over. Also, be sure to remind guests to shut doors behind them when coming in and out of the house. This will help keep insects from getting inside.

6.) Make your yard inviting to birds by adding a bird feeder to help keep the pest control to a minimum!

7.) Be sure to keep your lawn well-maintained. Overgrown bushes and weeds can become a great home to insects, so keeping your landscape tidy will help keep them at bay.

8.) Landscape your lawn with plants such as: lavenders, marigolds, and chrysanthemums. These plants are known to keep insects like mosquitoes away!

No one should show up to a party uninvited, that is just proper etiquette! By taking the above tips into account, it should help to keep your outside parties as insect-free as possible! If your sod grass is keeping you from having outdoor activities, call RiverView Turf today. Our team of experts will be able to point you in the right direction of what your next steps should be and will have your yard looking great in no time!

What Sod is Right for You?

image of home on bermuda turf grass

Installing high quality sod is the best solution to obtaining a beautiful lawn that requires low upkeep! Before you take this step, there’s a few questions you need to consider such as: climate conditions in your area and how much shade your yard receives. If you want to choose the right sod for your area, be sure to follow the guidelines below.

How Much Shade is Required

It is important to let your sod installer know how much shade your lawn gets. If your yard gets partial shade, it can mean the world of a difference compared to a lawn that stays fully shaded. Some turf types grow better in shaded areas as opposed to others. For example, most varieties of St. Augustine are shade tolerant.

Is it a High Traffic Area

If you are looking to add sod to a high traffic area, you will need a grass that is durable. For instance, in the South, Bermuda Grass is preferred because of its ability to receive quickly from wear.

What Are Your Climate Conditions

If you live in the Southern Zone of the United States where summers are hot and winters are moderate, you will need a warm season grass. Warm season grasses include St. Augustine, Bermuda, Centipede and Zoysia. If you are located in the Northern Zone of the US where summers are moderate and the winter is cold, you will need a cool-season grass. Cool season grasses include Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial Ryegrass and Tall Fescue.

Do You Have an Irrigation System

Once you have installed your new sod, you need to be sure to maintain it in order for it to maintain its beauty. Watering your lawn often is essential, but this task can grow to become a burden. Rather than doing it yourself, you can install sprinklers or an irrigation system in your lawn that has a time activity.

Does the Type of Grass Really Matter?

To answer this simply, yes the type of sod you purchase matters tremendously! Each grass species is available in varieties that offers a variation in texture, color and growth rate. Although the visual difference may be subtle, the advantages are usually unseen. For instance, some types of sod are more tolerant of pets, diseases or harsh weather. No-name or generic seed may be cheaper, but is usually not worth the savings because you typically end up with more problems.

If you have any further questions about what sod would be best for your lawn, give us a call at River View Turf. We will be more than happy to help point you in the direction we think is best for your home lawn!