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How to look after your lawn in summer

As Australians we love our lawns but keeping it nice and green throughout our ever increasingly hot summers can be a real task!

Here are some tips on how to keep your grass looking lush and green throughout this testing time of year.

Watering

Throughout the hot periods, ensure you’re watering your lawn early in the morning when it’s cool. This gives your lawn a chance to absorb the maximum amount of water. Watering your grass when it’s too hot outside is counterproductive as the water can evaporate before it has even had the chance to be absorbed.

Depending on the blend or more specifically the variety of grass in your lawn, it typically responds quickly to water. Once ryegrass has gone brown it will not recover well or at all. This variety is not very drought hardy. Tall fescue on the other hand is more drought tolerant and can handle less watering.

Aerate to help water soak in

By aerating your compacted soil you’ll enable the water to soak deeper into the soil so it’s available to the plants for longer.

 

Mowing

Mowing your lawn higher than usual during the hotter parts of the year can help cool off your grass and bring shade to the roots which can help your grass stay alive.

Mow early or late in the day to reduce the risk of the grass developing burned tips.

What do do with grass clippings

Grass clippings can be left on the lawn or removed in a catcher and composted to be used as mulch. Left on the lawn, clippings quickly break down, nourishing the soil. A mulching mower chops clippings as it mows, speeding up the process.

Valley Seeds lawn & turf specialist

George Coles
T 0419 709 701
E gcoles@valleyseeds.com

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