With the calendar flipping to August, it’s been several months of the hot Texas sun beating down on your lawn. Thankfully, we’ve had a good amount of rainfall in the spring (too much in some places!) so lawns got a good start to the season. However, now is a great time to take a little walk around your yard and make sure your grass is healthy.
Watering: It is recommended to give your lawn about one inch of water per week. This can come all at one time, but watering twice a week is preferable. Test this out by placing a marked can in the middle of your yard and measure how full it is after you’ve watered. Some homeowners insist on watering every other day, which is fine as long as you stick to the one inch per week guideline. The best time of day to water is in the early morning, so the sun won’t evaporate the water before it has a chance to sink down to the roots. Watering in the evening is not recommended because the grass will remain damp for many hours and this could cause disease and rotting.
Weeds: The best time to apply fertilizer and weed treatment is when the temperature is below 85 degrees. Since we likely won’t be seeing those temperatures for at least another two months, we suggest you pull weeds for now. Eliminate as many as you can so they won’t have the chance to germinate and seed in the fall.
Pests: Like people, bugs search for water when it’s hot! Your well-watered lawn is a haven for them, but also note that distressed or dry lawns are actually more likely to host pests. Beatles lay eggs in the grass in the spring and those little guys are hatching as grubs now and feasting on your grass.
Following these tips will help you and your lawn beat the heat this summer!