10 Secrets for Keeping Your NY/NJ Lawn Green during the Summer

August 31, 2020 |

What you don’t know about keeping your Rockland County or Bergen County lawn green this summer could cost you.

A hot, dry summer can do significant damage to your grass lawn unless you’ve been nurturing it throughout the growing season.

How to Prevent Your Grass from Burning over the Summer

Year-long lawn care starts in the fall of the previous year. How you put your turfgrass to bed for the winter determines its health and green up in the early spring.

Starting in September, you should consider having your property core aerated and overseeded so you can refill the turf’s seed bank. Since Bergen County, NJ, and Rockland County, NY have cool season grasses, overseeding in the fall helps your lawn to rejuvenate.

Make sure to plant only cool season grasses in your lawn. You also need to know where each type of grass goes on your property. For example, a Kentucky bluegrass blend wants full sun. Conversely, most fescues prefer partial to full shade.

Finally, plan on having your Rockland County lawn service apply winterizer in November, so the turfgrass roots grow deep into the ground before it freezes. Your lawn’s roots will be able to find nutrition and moisture stored deep in the soil.

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10 Secrets for Keeping Your Grass Green in Extreme Heat

Fast forward to early spring. How you take care of your lawn now, determines how well it’ll do when the heat and dry conditions return to the Hudson Valley.

Here are 10 secrets for keeping your grass green in extreme heat:

  1. Start a fertilizer program to strengthen your turfgrass now. Today’s fertilizers contain slow-release nutrients that gradually discharge over six to eight weeks. However, you want to stop fertilizing when the temperatures start to rise to heatwave level.
  2. During June and July when heat returns in intensity, stop mowing your grass. Cutting your lawn causes stress, and mowing during a heatwave causes the grass plants to use their energy to grow as well as survive intense sun with no rain.
  3. Make sure your mower blades are sharp. Dull blades lead to tearing grass plants, which opens them up to disease and insects.

Plus, only take the top third off the grass blades when you mow. Keeping the grass a little longer helps it to conserve energy as well as cools the soil.

  1. Consider grasscycling. Want to give your grass lawn a boost of nitrogen? Then, consider grasscycling. Today’s mulching mowers finely cut up the grass blades, so they dissolve into the ground quickly. And no, grasscycling doesn’t cause thatch.
  2. Don’t mow your lawn during a heatwave. If you want your lawn to stay green in extreme heat, reduce your mowing.
  3. Don’t overwater your lawn. It’s counterintuitive to water your lawn infrequently during the summer, but it works. Your turfgrass only needs 1” – 2” of water per week—and that includes any rain that falls in Bergen or Rockland Counties during the week.

Consider buying rain gauges to place throughout your property. You can see how much rain falls in each area of your lawn.

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  1. Let your turf go dormant during a drought. If no rain is in the forecast for week or so, consider allowing your turf to go dormant. You may notice your neighbors’ lawns going brown as well.

Dormant grass doesn’t equal dead grass. Cool season lawns will go dormant in hot weather. Then, when it starts to rain again, you’ll notice your grass lawn greening up.

  1. Stop fertilizing your lawn when a heatwave begins. If you want to prevent your yard from burning in the summer, cut back on all fertilizing. The turf is conserving energy during a heatwave. Fertilizing during a heatwave causes turfgrass to use too much energy, leading to a burnt lawn.
  2. The best time to water your grass in hot weather is early in the morning or early in the afternoon. Watering later in the day or at night may cause fungus. Fungus is caused when grass blades are wet combined with high overnight temps and humidity. Fungus may cause groups of circular dead areas or may wipe out your entire lawn depending on the type of fungus it is!
  3. Get all of your lawn care needs met by a lawn service. If you’re a busy family or a retired couple, you’ll enjoy your yard much more by hiring a lawn care company near you.

Why You Need a Local Lawn Service for Your Bergen County, NJ Property

While you may think that taking care of your Rockland County, NY lawn should be your job, imagine what it would be like to have someone do that work for you? You’ll be able to enjoy your weekends much better.

Plus, Majestic Lawn Care and Landscape practices social distancing and other CDC guidelines. Call us today (845) 708-2988 for Rockland County, NY properties, and (201) 788-7191 for Bergen County, NJ properties.

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At Majestic Lawn Care and Landscape, we serve the following cities in Rockland County, NY and Bergen County, NJ: New City, Nyack, Stony Point, Montebello, and Park Ridge.