Lawn Care for Hot Summer Months in North Texas
Expert Tips for Lawn Maintenance in Hot Weather
Our lawn and landscape service company in Haslet TX has helpful tips to share about reducing pollution and caring for your environment. Doing little things can go a long way to having a healthy spring outdoors. Lawn Connections is all about helping you find ways to save money. So this year we will be bringing you lots of information about your lawn, home, garden, with many new and fundamental ways in which to save.
First, the Environmental Protection Agency seems like a busy organization with no time for us, the little guys. They have put together some interesting tips this year, however, that we think are spot on! These take the form of things you may already be aware of, but now you can take them to a whole new level. In your garden, for instance, it’s all about being able to use pesticides safely, as well as in and around the house. In addition, conserving and protecting our water resources is critical in our current drought conditions. This is a great way for us to begin to helping you with your home garden and lawn.
Let’s take a look at this for a moment. Lawn Connections agrees with the EPA in their recommendations for “Hot Summer Lawn Tips.” Of course, if you don’t have Lawn Connections as your lawn care professional, then consider using us your first choice. A beautiful and healthy lawn is good for the environment. It can better resist damage from weeds, disease, and insect pests. Pesticides can be effective, but you need to make sure you use these according to the directions on the label. Don’t consider chemicals alone as a quick-fix to lawn problems. You can call us and we can discuss taking care of your lawn all year long, taking all these recommendations to heart. We’ll keep your lawn beautiful this year, starting right now before it gets too hot.
Lawn Care Tips to Try Right Now
- Develop total healthy soil. Make sure your soil has the right pH balance, key nutrients, and good texture. You can ask Lawn Connections to help you with easy-to-use soil analysis kits from hardware stores, or contact your local County Cooperative Extension Service for a soil analysis if you believe you have a serious issue. Call us with any questions you have about where to purchase these kits.
- Choose the right grass for your climate. If your area gets very little rain, don’t plant a type of grass that needs a lot of water. Select grass seed that is well suited to your climate and other growing conditions such as the amount of sunlight and rain you lawn receives. Over-seed your lawn each Fall by spreading seeds on top of the lawn. A thicker lawn helps to crowd out weeds. Your local County Extension Service can advise you on which grasses grow best in your area. Lawn Connections is happy to come out and make recommendations to you about your specific law scenario. We over seed with rye usually in October, and you can ask about getting on a regular maintenance program.
- Longer is usually better. Make sure the lawn mower blades are sharp. Grass that is slightly long makes a strong, healthy lawn with few pest problems. Weeds have a hard time taking root and growing when grass is around 2½ to 3½ inches for most types of grass. If we are taking care of your lawn and you have some particular requests, please call us today. We can get it handled for you.
- Water early. It is time to water if footprint impressions stay in the lawn and do not spring back. Water early in the morning and only for short periods for time so the soil may absorb the water. Longer grass has stronger roots and retains water better. If you are on drought schedules, feel free to call us, we can discuss your options for your lawn to keep looking it’s best.
- Correct thatch buildup. Thatch is a layer of dead plant materials between the grass blades and the soil. When thatch gets too thick, deeper than 3/4 of an inch, water and nutrients are prevented from getting into the soil and reaching the roots of the grass. Overusing synthetic fertilizer can create heavy layer of thatch, and some kinds of grass are prone to thatch buildup. If you aren’t sure this is happening on your lawn, then call us to come by and take a look. We are happy to help.
- Recycle grass. Don’t pick up all the grass clippings after you mow. Clippings will return nutrients and moisture to the soil. Consider buying a mulching lawn mower. This will cut the grass clippings finer and blow them into the lawn. If you currently don’t know about whether we are mowing with a mulching mower, then please call us. We can talk about that.
- We agree completely to let your lawn breathe. Once a year, remove small plugs of earth to allow air and water to aerate the grass roots. This can even become part of your regular maintenance program if you like. Just give us a call.
- If you are really worried about your rural setting and bugs in general, call us. It’s possible to invite a few weeds and insects into your garden. Think of your lawn as a small piece of nature where pests have their place. Often, nature provides its own pest control in the form of birds or other insects that feed on the insects we consider nuisances.
- Use manual tools. Tools that don’t require electric or gasoline engines are especially handy for small yards or small jobs. There are hand tools available that will meet a wide variety of lawn and garden needs, like lightweight, quiet, easy-to-use reel push mowers that generate no emissions. If you are not able to take advantage of tending your lawn, then let us help. We agree about bringing conservation from the countryside to your backyard.
Safe Pest Control for Your Lawn
Back to our first discussion about pesticides, what about using pesticides safely? If you decide that the best solution to your pest problem is a pesticide, and you are confident in your analysis about what the pest is, then we encourage you to follow these EPA tips when selecting and using a garden product:
- Identify the pest problem
- Find the product that solves the problem
- Buy the right amount for your needs
- Read the label carefully and use the product the right way
- Pay attention to warnings
- Prevent harm to the environment – never pour lawn and garden products down a drain
For more information about pesticides:
- Using Insect Repellents Safely, visit http://epa.gov/pesticides/insect/safe.htm
- Controlling Mosquitos, visit http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/health/mosquitoes/
- Your Yard and Clean Air, visit http://www.epa.gov/otaq/consumer/19-yard.pdf
- Pesticide related information for your garden, visit http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/controlling/garden.htm
- Citizen’s Guide to Pest Control and Pesticide Safety, call 1-800-490-9198
- Safe Disposal of Pesticides, visit http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/regulating/disposal.htm
If you are going to be doing some spring cleaning, take a look around your house for items that present environmental hazards when they are improperly disposed of. Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be “household hazardous waste” or “HHW.” Products, such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides, that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special care when you dispose of them.