Tips on Hot Summer Lawn Care

Grass Pad recommends raising mower height during high heat conditions.
Have you been watering your lawn consistently this summer to stay ahead of possible drought? Cool season grasses, like bluegrass and fescue grasses in Kansas City lawns may soon go dormant as a result of recent high heat and below average rainfall. Here are some tips on how to treat your lawn during high heat and summertime periods of drought.
  1. Minimize wear and traffic. Mowing a drought-stressed turf can injure the turf. Mow when the turf needs it -- not as a scheduled routine practice.
  2. Mow higher than normal. Taller grass plants provide protection to the crown and shade the soil surface, reducing moisture loss.
  3. Keep your mower blade sharp. A dull blade rips and pulls the grass blades, leaving ragged tears that both weaken the plant and promote fungal growth and other grass diseases. Blades should be sharpened at least twice a year.
  4. Turf can be fertilized, but ideally with a slow-release fertilizer, such as Milorganite.  
  5. Keep grass clippings on the lawn, rather than bagging them.
  6. Water your lawn deeply – rather than frequently – to promote healthier roots. This helps lawns be more drought-resistant.