Lawn Care Tips For Extreme Heat – Landscaping and Lawn Care Company

Wow, is it hot!  And not just for people and pets, but for your lawn too.  Don’t panic if your lawn is turning brown.  Your lawn slows its growth and goes dormant during hot, dry spells as an act of self preservation.  To keep it green and lush, you need to water it regularly all summer long – about a half inch a week.  When you mow, put your mower on its highest setting.  Grass that is at least three inches long tends to have deeper roots which keeps it from drying out as quickly as grass that’s mown short.  But if you don’t do any of this and your lawn turns into coconut matting, don’t worry.  It should come back again just fine when the temperature cools down and we get some rain.  Have more questions?  Give our lawncare experts at Blass Residential Services a call.  We’d be glad to help.

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Fred Says,

I loose my front lawn Here in Lincoln, NE. every year to the heat.

I have a pin oak tree in the front yard and where the tree shades the lawn it does fine.

We had a Maple tree removed from the front yard 2 years ago and in that area it seem to turn brown
because it’s not shaded.

Or does it turn brown because of the tree roots that are still in the ground?

Please Help.


on August 03, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Blass Residential Services Says,

    Hi Fred,

    Thanks for checking out our web site.

    There are a few variables that you might consider. Regarding the tree roots—it is possible that the existing root system is still sucking moisture from the soil, and it may take a year or so for those roots to die off. Lack of water, obviously, can inhibit grass growth. In our area of Ohio we know that lawns require about an inch of water per week to maintain an healthy appearance. You should check with your state Extension Service for more information about your climate.

    The other suggestion I have is to do a soil test to determine the acidity of your soil. Trees (especially the sawdust from cutting one down) can raise the acidity level of the soil. Lime application will bring the alkaline level up (and the acidity level down). How much lime is needed is best determined by a soil test. A good soil test will also tell you if your soil is deficient in nitrogen and phosphorus.

    I hope this is helpful. I would recommend that you start your research with your state extension agent, since he/she can offer you free advice and no/low cost access to soil sampling (possibly). Failing that, you might check with a local landscaper or lawn service company—but I am always in favor of an independent soil test so you have definitive results that are specific and not based upon what a company may want to sell you. You may also find a do-it-yourself test kit in a local lawn and garden center.

    on August 05, 2011 at 02:31 PM

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