How to Maintain Your Lawn in August
Ottawa summer heat can take a significant toll on your grass, especially when constant care isn’t given to your lawn. Your lawn can spot that brown dead look when you don’t look out for pests, mow too low, or water too much or too little.
Lawns need lots of care and attention else it’ll become mossy and infected with weeds. Weather, kids, and pets take their toll on the grass as well. It’d be nice to have that lush, green turf that’ll make your neighbors green with envy, but unless you put a bit of time and effort into maintaining your lawn, it just won’t happen.
Keep your lawn looking beautiful and lush this August and the remaining part of the year by following these tips.
Dethatch and Core Aeration
Ensure you check around your yard for fungi, mold, and rodents. These problems might be as a result of thatch in your lawn. It’s best to do dethatching and core aeration in late August so that your lawn can take up to four weeks to recover. Eden Services offer dethatching and core aeration for Ottawa homeowners at affordable rates.
Don’t attempt to mow your grass low to limit the number of times you mow your lawn. It’ll expose your soil to the hot weather, which will be disastrous for your grass. Adjust your mower height to leave turfs taller, this shades the soil, prevents water evaporation, ensures deeper roots, and suppresses weed growth.
Seed and Fertilize
Now is the right time to source for seeds if you’ll need to reseed or overseed any area of your yard at the end of the month. We advise you do that during late summer or early fall so the grass can grow under ideal conditions for next year.
Warm-season grasses grow well during summer and need fertilization. It’s ideal to fertilize during late summer and early fall to maintain your lawn’s lush green look, and it should be done after dethatching and core aeration for maximum benefits.
Beetles lay eggs in turfs in early to midsummer. By late summer, they’re already hatching. The larvae of the native June bug is the most common and notorious in Canada. It has a maturation period of 3 years and is very active during August and early September. Check for grubs (starlings and blackbird feedings are definite signs), especially at the grass-root since they love breeding there. To get rid of grubs, ensure you have a healthy lawn. Your lawn will resist and tolerate grubs when you dethatch, aerate, fertilize, and overseed. The microscopic worm (Nematodes) which eats grub at the larvae stage can help control it.
Soon, summer will turn to autumn and to ensure that your lawn retains that lush look till next year, there’s some necessary maintenance to be done now. The summer sun is still unrelenting, but the weather will change eventually.Using the tips outlined here will help maintain your lawn this month and prepare it for the rest of the year, even till next year. At Eden, our team of experts is there to give you lawn care advice to ensure that your lawn thrives. Professional lawn maintenance is also available for those who are tired of spending all their time and energy maintaining their turf, and most times, failing miserably.