Summer is officially underway - with any luck, the next few months will bring lots of barbecues, ball games, and beers in the back garden.
But while summer is lots of fun for humans, this season can be tough on grass. Lawns have a tendency to dry out in summer, which can be frustrating if you're someone who takes a lot of pride in your home's beautiful green lawn.
Fertilising your lawn is one way to increase its vigour and improve the health of the grass. But feeding your lawn in summer may not be the best idea - yes, it can be beneficial, but there is also a significant risk that the fertiliser will end up doing more harm than good.
If you're not sure whether or not to feed your lawn this summer, read on and we'll do our best to help you make the right decision.
Can I fertilise my lawn in summer?
Yes you can, but be cautious. Summer means hot, dry weather, and prolonged periods of drought tend to make grass more susceptible to fertiliser burn. If you must feed your lawn in the summertime, wait for a rainy day, then fertilise once the grass has dried off.
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When feeding lawns during the summer months, we use a slow-release, no-scorch fertiliser that doesn't need to be watered in. This nourishes the grass for weeks and minimises the risk of fertiliser burn. Note also that our summer lawn feed contains less nitrogen (but more phosphorous and potassium) than the fertilisers we use at other times of year.
What else should I do for my lawn in summer?
At this time of year, we recommend:
- Mowing your lawn regularly (approx. twice a week)
- Watering the grass if there's no rain to keep it hydrated
- Using a broom or hot, soapy water to destroy any ants' nests that appear in your lawn (this is a common problem in summer)
Check our seasonal lawn maintenance schedule for further advice.
If your lawn has seen better days, why not give Lawn & Weed Expert a call? We've been keeping Welsh lawns green for more than a decade, and our experienced lawn care specialists are capable of diagnosing and dealing with a huge range of common problems. Get in touch now to arrange a FREE lawn survey.
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