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Summertime Lawn Maintenance Tips

Written by A. Borrelli Mechanical on 06.28.21

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It's summertime! As the temperatures rise and rainfall drops, you need to be able to maintain your lawn so it can withstand all the barbecues, parties, outdoor activities, and running feet that summer has to offer. 

Keeping your lawn healthy and lush in the summertime takes work. See how you can properly care for your lawn this summer. 

  • Water Wisely. Lawns need at least one inch of water per week, and more if there's a heatwave. Water your lawn early morning or in the evening after the sun goes down. If you tend to your lawn in the middle of the day, that water may get lost due to evaporation from the summer heat.
  • Raise your mower blade in the summer. Taller grass can tolerate the heat and drought better, grows deeper roots, reduces evaporation, and helps provide shade that prevents weed seeds from growing.
  • Treat the grubs. Drought-stressed summer lawns are especially susceptible to insect infestations, such as chinch bugs, cutworms, armyworms, sod webworms, fire ants, fleas, and mosquitoes. If grubs typically cause problems in your lawn, you can begin applying grub control around midsummer.
  • Control weeds. Apply weed control to help control weeds. Always read and follow label instructions to avoid damaging the grass. 
  • Fertilize your lawn in early summer and resist the urge to fertilize midsummer. Applying extra fertilizer in the heat of summer can burn your lawn.

Avoid these Summer Lawn Plumbing Problems 

  • Clean your sprinkler system heads. Clogged sprinkler heads disrupt the distribution of water across the lawn, potentially causing patches that are drier and browner than others. 
  • Don't ignore leaky sprinklers. Not only could the lawn and garden receive too much water from the leak, but your water bill and wallet may suffer as well.
  • If you have trees planted in your front lawn, make sure they're not impacting your sewer lines. Tree roots can make their way to your sewer line in search of water and wreak havoc. If you suspect any damage or see sewage backups, call a plumber immediately.
  • Watch for summer sewer problems. If you notice bad smells or odor coming from your pipes, or greener grass around your septic area, this is a telltale sign that there is a problem with your sewage and septic system, and a professional should be called in.

A. Borrelli is here for you day and night. Contact us today if you have any signs of serious plumbing damage. 

Topics: Home Health and Maintenance, Energy Savings

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