How to Maintain a Healthy Lawn in Houston’s Extreme Heat
No matter how much you know about building and maintaining a healthy lawn, extreme summer heat requires a different approach. During long stretches of extreme summer heat in Houston, there are some measures you can take to protect your lawn from scorching.
Follow these extreme heat rules for your lawncare until the fall temperatures move in:
Get Off My Lawn
It might bring back days of your youth when the old grumpy neighbor yelled at you to get off his lawn all the time! But it is an important part of maintaining a lawn in the extreme summer heat. When it is this hot, the grass is brittle and can easily be worn down and gone if it has too much traffic. Minimize traffic on your lawn during the hottest summer months to protect it.
Don’t Overwater your Lawn
A lawn that is too wet cannot take in the right amount of oxygen. This makes it more susceptible to disease. Water deep. And water infrequently. NOT EVERY DAY! Even in the highest heat. Your lawn only needs 1 inch of water per week. Don’t forget to count the rainfall.
Don’t Fertilize Too Much – And Not at All During the Heat
Fertilized lawns require more energy to flourish. This can be a challenge during the hottest summer months and can stress your lawn. You may notice in your neighborhood; the most beautiful spring lawn is the first to turn brown from excess fertilizer in the summer heat. This is due to over-fertilizing. Only use the recommended amount and don’t fertilize during the hottest times of the year.
Don’t Mow Too Short
Only mow 1/3 of the length off the top of your grass at a time. And try to mow it at a length of 2.5-3 inches in height. This especially important during the hottest summer months as your lawn can then retain more moisture – losing less to evaporation.
Mulch. Don’t Bag Clippings.
Grass clippings are a good slower releasing fertilizer as they decompose. They also help your lawn retain a little moisture as well. So during the hottest months, do not bag clippings, mulch them back into the lawn.
Lawns need water to survive during every season of the year. But more water doesn’t mean healthier lawn. More fertilizer doesn’t mean a healthier lawn. At Conserva Irrigation we are all about precision. We need the RIGHT amount of water for the healthiest lawn possible. If you’re not sure if your lawn is being over or under-watered, call us today. We offer a free inspection to assess your system, all the parts, and the programming to help you fine-tune for the healthiest lawn possible.