The summers bring glorious days of warm weather and outdoor activities that keep us outside for long hours. However, this pleasant weather comes with work too. For some, most of those hours spend outside are spent to maintain their lawns and gardens. While most homeowners know precisely what their lawn needs, most find it difficult to keep their grass healthy and in turn will be looking at a very barren dry lawn by the time fall rolls around.

Thankfully, there are plenty of easy lawn care tips that will help you get that lawn you have always dreamed of.

  • Mow the Lawn

One of the biggest mistakes individuals make when taking care of their lawn is over mowing. A healthy lawn does not necessarily mean that the grass needs to be short. Many people tend to cut the grass as short as possible so that they don’t have to mow the lawn frequently. This will not benefit the lawn as it creates an unhealthy build-up of clippings that take longer to decompose and also stunt the growth rate. It would be better if you only clip one-third of the grass blade, as allowing the grass to grow longer encourages the root growth. If you find this difficult, you can always hire a local lawn mowing service provider.

  • Apply Mulch

Mulching the lawn not only retains water and amends the soil, it visually defines garden beds and plants. The best time to mulch is before the flowers, and other plants begin to break the surface. Mulching the soil will also prevent weed control because weed seed germinates when exposed to sun and with mulch, you create a barrier for them. Mulching in early spring will make the process a lot easier and you won’t either crush the plants. You can take help of Jim's Mowing franchise in Mornington Peninsula to help with the mulching work.

  • Control Grub

Nobody wants grubs munching in his or her lawn or garden, but a few may not bother you. A healthy lawn can sustain a population of 5 or more grubs per square foot, but if you have more than that, it is time to use insecticide. Apply the insecticide between May to June and immediately water the area so that the roots can absorb the chemical. It is best to apply the insecticide before the roots begin to grow.

  • Plant Bulb Flowers

Planting bulbs are one of the easiest ways to add some character to your lawn. You don’t have to take great care of them, bury them and wait. Bulbs that can be planted in the spring include dahlia, gladiolus, iris, anemone and begonia. Your local gardening store or a nursery should have a good variety of bulbs tailored to your growing region. However, the planting times varies depending on the area. In the South, it is from February to May, and in the North, it is from April to June. Always follow the instructions on the packaging for optimal planting times and depths.

  • Fill in Bald Patches

If your lawn is thin in certain areas, you can seed to help lush it up. The optimal time to plant grass seeds is in early spring as this will save you from watering much and prevent the seeds from burning in the summer heat. Lightly rake the seeds into the top 1/4” of soil. Alternatively, you can also plant in early fall when it’s not as hot. When choosing the grass seed, be sure to select a perennial grass.

  • Prune Trees and Shrubs

One of the most overlooked tasks to achieve that perfect spring lawn is pruning. Proper tree pruning and shrub pruning will stimulate growth and give an aesthetic appeal to your yard. Not only that, removing dead or diseased branches and twigs will make your plants look better and prevent diseases. You should prune spring blooming plants after they have flowered and summer blooming plants in early spring.

Armed with these tips to summer lawn care, you are prepared to achieve the lawn of your dreams.   

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