There's a lot to love about summer: the nice weather, longer days, visits to the beach. Barbecues.
But this season has its downsides, too - especially for lawn-proud homeowners. Summer means high temperatures and reduced rainfall, which may be bad news for your garden's lush green grass.
Yes, it's very common for grass to dry out during the summer months. If all that glorious sunshine has turned your lawn brown and you're noticing that the grass stays flat after you walk on it, this means that your lawn is low on moisture.
Dried-out grass in June
The good news it that a healthy, well-looked-after lawn should bounce right back to full health as soon as the autumn rain arrives.
In this blog post, we're going to answer two different questions:
- What should I do when my grass dries out in the summertime?
- How can I make sure my lawn is healthy enough to withstand extended periods of drought?
Grass is a plant, and like any plant, it takes in carbon dioxide (CO2) and produces oxygen. This is part of the process of photosynthesis, by which plants turn light energy into usable chemical energy.
But just how much oxygen does your garden lawn generate? Well, it depends on the size.
Dry, yellowing grass is usually a sign that your lawn is low on moisture. But what does it mean when this unsightly yellowness specifically appears after you mow the lawn?
A dry lawn with yellowing grass (image source: Wikimedia Commons)
If your grass turns yellow - or even white - within a few days of mowing, it's usually because you were cutting the grass when the weather was too dry for it.
Soil aeration is an important part of a long-term lawn care regime. Footfall and heavy rain causes soil to become compacted over time, and tightly-packed soil makes it difficult for moisture and nutrients to reach the roots of your grass.
Aeration is a good way to combat this problem. By spiking small holes in your lawn, you loosen up the earth and make it easier for air and water to flow through the soil.
Lawn maintenance can be a chore - and it's a chore that many people simply don't bother with. Goodness knows how many perfectly lovely gardens have become unsightly and overgrown because their owners didn't look after them properly!
Of course, you don't necessarily have to do all the work yourself. Companies like Lawn & Weed Expert will do virtually everything for you: we can kill weeds, apply fertiliser, aerate the soil, clear away moss and thatch, and so forth, saving you a lot of time and hard graft.
But is that the only reason to hire a lawn care specialist - to save time? Or are there other benefits that you won't get if you attempt to tackle the lawn care checklist yourself?