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By now we are a little tired of lawn maintenance. The good news is that you can sit back and relax.

When temperatures reach into the 90’s and some places hotter than that your grass could use a break. Take this time to catch up on other gardening tasks such as weeding.

July is one of the hottest months of the year. Lawns can take a pretty big hit due to drought and high temperatures. Longer grass, less fertilizer and a sharp blade will help keep your lawn in good shape during this time.

Let It Grow

I know this sounds odd but cutting your lawn less will help lower the stress during the warmer months.

As the lawn grows the blades will shade the roots and soil so that evaporation of moisture happens at a lower rate.  Try to stretch your mowing frequency out to about 10 days. If you are watering your lawn this may be a little difficult since the grass doesn’t have to go into conserve mode.

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Raise Your Deck

Increasing the height of your mower to about 3 or 4 inches will help the lawn recover faster by not having to use its resources, plus it will make your job easier.

Raising the height of your lawnmower an inch or two helps your lawn stay longer and conserve water, but it also makes your mowing job a lot easier. So pop up the height of your mower deck an inch or two with the height adjustments at the wheels.

Three inches is a perfect height for July and August. You can go higher just know with some grasses such as fescue you may experience a fungal infection so just be careful. Warm season lawns respond to this practice better since disease is less prevalent.

Leaving the lawn clippings is also an option during this time. This will add to the shade for protection. Be sure that the clippings are light. Heavy or even a moderate amount of clippings will cause suffocation as those areas will start to die.

Hold Off On The Fertilizer

This is definitely the month you need to hold off on fertilizing.  The hot weather and nitrogen from the fertilizer spell disaster for a hot summer lawn. In truth, your lawn shouldn’t be fertilized after spring. This not only goes for the lawn but the plants also. This will only hurt them later on in the season and with out enough time to recover before winter you could have a dead plant on your hands.

 

Sharpening Your Lawn Mower Blade

Sharpening your lawn mower’s blade is more important than you would think. When the blade is sharp it will cut the grass quick and the grass can repair easier. A dull blade will cause the grass to tear more leaving a more damaged to the grass lead to more problems such as disease or death.

If you have a grinder easily remove the blade from your mower and sharpen it up a bit. If you are not comfortable in doing this feel free to take it to your local lawnmower mechanic and they will do it for you.

July can be very hard on your lawns health. Be sure to keep your eyes out for struggling areas so that you can get ahead of any problems. 

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