Spruce Up Your Lawn for Summer
Judie Docs, Executive Officer, North Coast Building Industry Association (NCBIA), CSP, MCSP, CGP, CMP, MIRM
Regular yard maintenance will boost your home’s curb appeal. In the summer months, between travel and warm temperatures it can be easy to ignore your lawn. Waiting for the beginning of the fall season for significant maintenance will not only make your home look neglected it could diminish its value. A healthy lawn will make your home standout and help strengthen the overall value of homes in your neighborhood.
Below are key lawn tips for watering, weeding and keeping your grass clippings to spruce up your lawn during the summer months.
A rich, lush lawn in the summer requires regular hydration. Ensuring your lawn is watered regularly will help with the growth and nutrition of your lawn. If possible, your lawn should have at least an inch of water once a week from manual or natural irrigation. While it is tempting in the summer months, try not to over-water your lawn. Overwatering will eventually cause your lawn to not fertilizer properly due to too much irrigation. The best time of day to water is in the morning before the heat of the day prevents the moisture from saturating the soil. Before establishing your watering route check with your local municipality and HOAs for any restrictions regarding watering your lawn.
No matter how pristine your lawn might be, grass is susceptible to weeds. The seeds from weeds carry with the wind and can land on your lawn. Throughout the summer, conduct visual inspections of your lawn for potential weeds. The sooner you remove weeds the less likely they will overtake your lawn and become a nuisance. If you get rid of weeds as soon as you see them there will be less of an opportunity for them to grow substantial roots and take over the soil. Your lawn may be stressed with the summer heat so use any herbicide sparingly to prevent further damage to a delicate lawn.
Keep Lawn Clippings
Mowing your lawn will create grass clippings. You should leave them on your lawn. Grass clippings provide nutrients for your lawn and have the same benefits of lawn food. Since clippings are mostly water they will break down easily and disappear after you mow. Plus, keeping clippings on your lawn will save you the hassle of bagging them for the landfill or curbside pick-up. If you have a compost pile or mulch you can add the clippings for extra material.
To learn more home maintenance tips, contact the North Coast Building Industry Association. We are your local not-for-profit trade association representing member companies involved in all aspects of home building, remodeling, and other aspects of services available to help you in the future as well as more information on the above topic. So, you can see it is for your protection that you use a NCBIA member. If you are unsure that your contractor is a member of the NCBIA or you are looking for a list of NCBIA members, you can visit our website at www.ncbia.com or call 440-934-1090. We also have a job posting board (under the Industry tab).
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