Change in seasons can cause a lot of damage to your lawn, but especially a consistent amount of hot, dry heat during the summer months. To prevent further damage to your lawn from heat stress, it is important for you to become familiar with the basics of the issue. When your lawn suffers from heat stress, it can turn an unsightly brown color, but more importantly it can lead to weeds and pests.
Signs of Lawn Heat Stress
Luckily for homeowners and business owners alike, heat stress is fairly quick to identify. In the very early stages, you will know that your lawn needs a proper watering session if you walk on your lawn and the footprint remains after an extended period of time.
As the stress of heat starts to impact your lawn you may notice grass blades with brown tips and may have begun to curl, this can turn into brown patches which can have a severe impact on your lawn.
Lawns that are suffering from a grub infestation can be lifted almost like a carpet. This is due to the insect larvae eating the grass’ roots.
Lawns that lack moisture and need aeration will be difficult to push an object, such as a screwdriver, into. If it does not go in smoothly, this is a sign that your lawn is stressed.
A lawn that has become brown can also potentially be the result of Chinch bugs or other similar insects.
Treating Heat Stress
For lawns to truly flourish, it requires a proper watering technique. If you are apt to watering your lawn lightly each day, you are actually doing more harm than good. This technique creates shallow roots that are not equipped to handle hot, dry weather.
- Compacted Soil:
Lawns that experience a lot of foot traffic, heavy mowing equipment or other heavy equipment, are more likely to become compacted. This then creates difficulty for your lawn to receive the air it needs. To relieve this stress, and create air flow, your lawn will need to be aerated.
- Dormant Periods:
Whether you should allow your lawn to become dormant or not will depend on the specific situation you are facing. Conditions where the heat has become too much for your lawn to overcome, it may go into a dormant state until cool, moist weather returns. However, if you have a newer lawn, it may still have shallow roots, in which case it is essential to maintain a healthy watering routine. Each case is different and it is best to discuss the needs of your lawn with Grasshopper Gardens prior to making a decision on your own.
As we move past the heat of summer and fall brings periods of cooler weather, your lawn will be able to recover from any remaining heat stress. Proper maintenance and techniques is essential to the success of a healthy lawn that flourishes each year. To ensure your lawn is in a healthy state, contact Grasshopper Gardens today. We truly believe in improving the lives of our community members through creating the outdoor living space that they desire and deserve. We look forward to working with you!