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Tips for lawn care in the Texas summer months

Here are some tips to keep that lawn of yours in tiptop shape during these blazing Texas summer months.
Credit: Craftsman Lawn Mower
Craftsman Lawn Mower

AUSTIN — The summer heat in Central Texas is often accompanied with scorching temperatures in the upper 90s and lower 100s, limited rainfall, and light winds. This can lead to harmful effects felt by lawns, crops, and forests.

SCHEDULE:

Mowing your lawn one or twice per week depending on moisture and drought conditions can make a difference. Also, mowing your lawn in multiple times in different directions with the aerator will help ensure air, water, and nutritious flow in your lawn.

HEIGHT:

Height is attractive in many aspects. A good and decent lawn does not mean it has to be a short lawn. Setting your blades as high as possible will greatly benefit your lawn. Longer grass equates to deeper roots which will allow the grass to tap into greater moisture.

WATERING:

Notoriously, the best times to water your lawn are in the coolest parts of the day. If you water your lawn just before bed, or first thing in the morning when the sun is not directly shining or at the hottest temperature of the day, your lawn will greatly benefit. If you water during the hottest part of the day where the sun is shining, the water can easily evaporate.

BLADE CARE:

Crisp and nutrient grass is not accomplished with dull blades. Be sure to keep your blades sharp so that you aren't tearing your grass, but cutting it.

WEEDING:

Watch for weeds and care for the lawn with removing weed growth. It is typically easier to spot weeds if you have neglected your lawn a little longer with the growth of flowers in your lawn. You can resort to a weed killer, but you'll need to refrain from mowing the lawn before applying the weed killing solution. Apply the weed killer in the morning when the lawn is slightly wet due to dew and abstain from cutting the line two to three days after applying the weed killer. NOTE: There are several ways of removing weeds from your lawn. Find the best fit for your lawn, the climate you live in, and your physical state as pulling weeds by hand can be strenuous and time-consuming.