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How to Take Care of Your Yard for the Summer

August 31, 2023

During the summer, having a green thumb or not doesn't matter when it comes to yard care. It is a time when your lawn either remains looking lush and green as it did in the spring or turns brown and patchy. It is also when hydration and lawn maintenance matters more than planting more plants.Therefore to have the best-looking yard in your neighbourhood, here is how you can take care of it in the summer.

1. Plant Drought-Resistant Lawn Grass

To have an easy time and save water consumption, ensure your landscaper plants drought-resistant lawn grass.

Drought-resistant lawn grass thrives better, especially in the summer.

The table below shows three of the most drought-resistant lawn grass varieties you can plant in the Lower Mainland.

Grass Type Pros Cons
Kentucky Bluegrass
  • Very hardy since it has a deep root system and can withstand excessive heat

  • Dense and lush, making it a good choice for high-traffic areas

  • Requires more sun instead of shade so it won't do well in shaded parts of your yard

  • Needs regular mowing to maintain its appearance

Perennial Ryegrass
  • Very fast-growing, making it a good choice for areas that need reseeding quickly

  • Can withstand heat and high traffic

  • Tolerant of a variety of soils

  • Can be coarse 

  • Doesn't have the same lush appearance as Kentucky bluegrass

Creeping Red Fescue
  • Drought-tolerant and can also withstand extreme cold

  • Low maintenance as it does not require as much mowing as other grasses

  • Not appropriate for high-traffic areas 

  • Can be susceptible to pests and diseases


2: Mow Your Lawn at the Right Height

Mowing your lawn doesn't mean you cut it as they do on golf courses or football fields that still use natural grass.

It means mowing it at a height that promotes healthy growth. 

So during the spring, mow your lawn at a height of 3 to 4 inches to allow the grass to catch more sunlight and recover from the winter dormancy.

Then during summer, increase the mowing height to about 4 to 5 inches because

  1. Grass with longer height provides shade to the soil, maintaining moisture which reduces the need to water your lawn more frequently.

  2. It encourages the roots to deeply penetrate the soil absorbing the water and nutrients from deeper soil layers.

  3. Weeds don’t thrive under taller grass because they have limited access to sunlight and nutrients.

  4. Improves air quality by filtering any pollutants. So as your lawn enjoys a lush green, you get to breathe fresh air.

3: Use Mulching to Retain Moisture

Mulching requires adding shredded leaves, straw, grass clippings, wood chips, and compost to your lawn to retain moisture.

You can also use a mulching lawn mower that finely cuts the grass chippings and deposits them back onto the lawn instead of collecting and bagging them.

This provides numerous benefits to the lawn including:

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