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Discover Western Prince William August 2019
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With the summer heat comes extra stress
on your lawn. Most lawns in Northern
Virginia are made up of cool season
turfgrass, tall and fine fescues, Kentucky
bluegrass, and perennial ryegrass. These
grasses do not like temperatures that go
to the high 80s, and when the temperature
climbs into the 90s, they really feel it--the
high heat is hard on your lawn. When
the low temperatures at night are in the
high 60s and 70s, your cool season lawn
really feels the heat.
These weather conditions also promote
several turfgrass diseases. Brown patch,
summer patch, and dollar spot can cause
areas of brawn throughout the lawn.
A healthy lawn can better resist these
summer diseases, but even healthy lawns
can have disease.
So, what can the homeowner do to help
the lawn survive the summer heat? The
most important thing is to mow high--three
to three-and-a-half inches for your cool
season lawn. Second, make sure your
mower blade is sharp. A dull blade can
leave the grass shredded and susceptible
for disease infection. Next, water early
in the day, before 2:00 p.m. This allows
the lawn time to dry out before night.
Infrequent and deep watering is best--
about one to one-and-a-half inches of
water every week to 10 days. Sunny
exposed areas need more water.
Mowing high and watering properly will
help the lawn get past these hazy, hot,
and humid days. Treating the diseases
with a fungicide will stop the disease, but
it won't remove the damaged grass--only
time and mowing can do that.
As we move into the fall months, this
is time to improve your lawn. Start with
soil testing, and a
good slow-release
fall fertilizer. Every
lawn should be
aerated, and if
there are thin
or bare spots,
perhaps seeded
as well.
Alan Musselman
Weed Man
Summer Lawn Care
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