Quick Tips for Summer Watering

Posted by on Jul 17, 2012 in Newsletters | 0 comments

Quick Tips for Summer Watering

Your Lawn

During the growing season, your turf needs an average of 1″ to 1.5″ of water per week from rainfall and/or sprinkling. You should water deeply, but not too often, since deep watering encourages deeper rooting and better health. It’s best to soak the soil to a depth of 6″ each time, and you should try to water early in the morning to avoid evaporation. Give extra attention to hot or dry areas along pavement or in full sun, as well as slopes and hillsides.

Your Trees and Shrubs

If your trees and shrubs don’t receive enough water this summer, they may end up wilting, losing leaves and suffering permanent damage. A long, slow watering once per week should be enough to keep them properly irrigated. Soaker hoses or low, wide-area sprinklers are ideal for watering your trees and shrubs during the summer, but be sure to leave them in place three times as long as you do when you water your lawn or flower beds.


Fall Repairs to Rejuvenate Your Turf

Fall is the perfect time for lawn repairs or renovations. Even if your turf looks like it doesn’t need any help, there are certain things we can do to ensure continued healthy growth next spring. At the very least, late-season core aeration or seeding will prove beneficial.

The following conditions will warrant repairs to your lawn:

  • Thin turf or bare areas are visible
  • Excessive weeds or multiple grass types are present in your lawn
  • Heavy thatch is stunting turf growth

What steps can we take?

Depending on the condition of your turfgrass this fall, we may recommend one of the following:

Core aeration: Core aeration, or removing plugs of soil from your lawn, will hasten thatch decay, encourage roots to grow thicker and deeper, and create more room for air, water and fertilizer to penetrate the soil. This is one of the best things we can do for your turf.

Core aeration with overseeding: By combining core aeration with overseeding, we can thicken up a thin lawn or add a more hardy, drought-resistant variety of grass to your property.

Slice seeding: Slice seeding deposits seed directly into the soil rather than spreading it out over the thatch layer (where it may not get a chance to sprout). This results in excellent germination rates and thicker growth.

Sod removal and replacement: If your lawn has severe grub damage or extremely heavy thatch, all existing turf may need to be removed, followed by slice seeding or resodding.

Any of these choices can lead to a thicker and healthier lawn next spring.