Help Your Lawn During Dry and Hot Weather

Driving down the street, you might have observed how the last two months have made the lawns appear brown. In Michigan, the high temperatures and little precipitation have resulted in brown lawns. Kentucky bluegrass makes up the great bulk of properties in Michigan. A cool-season grass, Kentucky bluegrass grows best in the spring and early fall. Many clients inquire as to when I should begin watering my lawn.

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Cool-season grass needs frequent watering when it’s hot and dry. One to one and a half inches of water should be applied to your lawn each week. Since watering the lawn between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. tends to promote bug and disease outbreaks, you should avoid doing so. As the summer heat increases and the amount of water decreases, cool-season grass growth becomes noticeably stunted. If a lawn isn’t watered for an extended period of time, it will go dormant. Your grass won’t just become brown during dormancy; it will also become more fragile.

Dormancy exposes your lawn to crabgrass, broadleaf weeds, insect and worm infestations, and more. Stressed-out lawns attract pests that harm the turf, including sodwebworm, cutworm, and chinchillas. When temperatures rise beyond 80 degrees, these insects eat on the turf’s blades, causing it to brown out quickly and potentially causing major damage.

Raising your mowing height to 3–4 inches when your lawn is dormant is the proper technique to mow a lawn. Raising the height at which you mow the lawn will boost its resilience and aid to shade the ground. If you let your lawn grow longer, the weeds and crabgrass that have appeared in bare spots will be crowded out.

Aeration is the most advantageous method for grass recuperation besides routine lawn watering, and Top Lawn provides a cutting-edge solution for you. Top Lawn has been evaluating and testing a new service called “Liquid Aeration” for the past few years. An innovative, practical, and extremely efficient replacement for conventional core aeration is liquid aeration. Our expertise leads us to believe that this service can replace or even supplement what is referred to as “Mechanical Core Aeration.”

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Liquid aeration is a method that achieves the same effects as core aeration without the drawbacks. It uses a combination of specially created items. Some of you might be familiar with the drawbacks of core aeration. Electric dog fences, irrigation heads, and soil cores on the lawn could all sustain damage.

While liquid aeration penetrates up to 6-8 inches, mechanical core aeration only penetrates 2-4 inches. Liquid aeration may penetrate significantly deeper due to gravity, enabling grass roots to develop more readily and expand more quickly. This results in a healthier grass plant, enhances the effectiveness of our fertilizers, enhances water drainage, lowers the quantity of water required during the hot, dry summer months, and permits water to permeate deeper, all the way to the roots.

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