It’s no secret that the Texas heat can be brutal on lawns, especially during periods of drought. The weather can also be unpredictable, contributing to the frustrating soil patterns commonly found in Dallas-Fort Worth and surrounding areas. This is why it’s especially important to care for your lawn before, during and after the warm-weather months of summer.
Whether you’re a new homeowner or seasoned lawn veteran, here are some tips to make sure you’re taking care of your lawn properly during the toughest season on your grass.
Watering Tips for North Texas Lawns
Most of DFW has strict watering guidelines, due to the fact we’re in a drought-prone area and the summer heat can be unforgiving on water reservoirs. This makes sense, as watering during peak temperatures is extremely inefficient. Watering in the evening is better, but your best bet is to water in the early morning or middle of the night. Also, consider checking out the website WaterIsAwesome.com to get tailored watering advice.
Fertilizing Tips for North Texas Lawns
You can get in the weeds (no pun intended) when it comes to determining the right fertilizer for your soil. There are a variety of factors to think about, from pH level to salinity and your grass type. But a good rule of thumb is to apply fertilizer about a month after the last frost date of the year until about a month before frost emerges again. Also, avoid nitrogen-based fertilizers unless you’re in an active growth season.
Mowing Tips for North Texas Lawns
Mowing in warm weather isn’t just about maintaining your hydration and activity levels. How you mow (and how often) has a big impact on the health of your grass in the long term. Make sure you’re cutting at an appropriate height (about a third of the grass), mowing regularly (every four or five days during the summer) and consider returning clippings to the lawn.
Weeding and Seeding Tips for North Texas Lawns
Lastly, it’s important to take care of weeds and bald spots if you want a pristine-looking lawn. You can make big improvements just by caring for your grass, but other ways to avoid excess weeds and bald spots include mowing at the right height, having a balanced irrigation system (with no pooling or gaps) and annual soil aeration. Also, make sure you’re identifying the weeds in your lawn and using the right chemicals to address them. Finally, the type of grass/seeds you plant will often dictate how successful you are with filling out your lawn.