Some of the larger and more common features in a typical backyard are a swimming pool, paved areas, and a lawn.
You know that your swimming pool will need cleaning and maintaining regularly, and paved areas need to be kept free of stray weeds and brushed or washed to keep them looking great ñ but do you know what to do with grassed areas?
Make sure it is watered
Lawns should be luscious and green, but hot weather can soon leave them looking scorched and brown. One way to help avoid this is to give the grass enough water to thrive. Lawns donít need watering very often, but when they are watered it should be with a significant amount.
You can use any method you like, from a sprinkler to a hose to a watering can, but keep in mind that during the hottest weather your lawn can require up to 2 inches of water every week. If your lawn is quite large, that adds up to a lot of water!
Always try to water the lawn in the early morning or in the late evening. This avoids the hottest part of the day and will minimize the amount of water that evaporates and is therefore wasted.
If you give the grass enough water and it still goes brown, itís likely that the weather is just too hot. The grass underground will still be alive, so continue to water it, and expect new growth after the hot weather subsides.
Mow it correctly
Donít cut your grass too short ñ longer grass provides shade for the lower portion, helping reduce the effects of heat.
2 inches is the absolute minimum length in hot weather.
Fertilizer gives your grass the nutrients it needs to grow and remain healthy. Make sure you keep it away from ponds and pools as it can promote the growth of algae.
A vibrant and strong lawn is a great feature in your backyard that will give you great pleasure to look at, lie on, and play on, year after year.
Make sure you look after yours to keep it healthy.