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Preparing your lawn for Summer

Summer is just around the corner which may have you thinking about making sure your yard is in tip top shape this year. Even though Utah is in a drought, there are some simple tips you can follow to maintain a gorgeous lawn all summer long. Check out our top 5 tips below. 

Check your sprinklers

Before you water for the first time, you should check your sprinkler system for any damage, clogs, or broken sprinkler heads. Most sprinklers are either a pop-up head or an impact rotor head. For optimal results it is best to use similar sprinkler heads in each zone of your yard. You also want to look for:

  • Leaking pipes
  • Sunken heads that are below ground
  • Slanted heads (should be vertical)
  • High or low pressure
  • Overspray

Making sure your sprinkler system is in good working order will ensure a beautiful lawn all summer long. 

Aerate your lawn  

Aerating your lawn is the best way to help grass roots get the air, water, and nutrients they need to grow. In years of high heat and low rainfall, it’s even more important for maintaining a healthy lawn. It’s best to aerate your lawn before your grass reaches peak growth which is typically in the spring. 

Follow the weekly lawn watering guide

Just because Utah is in a drought year doesn’t mean you can’t water, however, following recommended water conservation guidelines is one way to help the community while still maintaining a beautiful lawn. Utah’s weekly watering guide helps avoid problems with pests, reduces the costs of overwatering, and saves you time and money.

A few other watering guidelines to keep in mind are:

  • Only apply ½” water every time you water
  • Pop up heads only require 20 minutes for ½ “
  • Impact rotor heads require 40 minutes for ½”
  • Set a weekly schedule 

Cut high

While you may be tempted to cut your grass short, you can actually damage your lawn by cutting it too short. Keeping your grass 2” to 3” long can help protect the roots and prevents water loss through evaporation. 

Another benefit of cutting high is it helps keep the weeds out. Longer grass creates a canopy and discourages weeds from sprouting. Since most of the green color is in new growth, mowing semi-regularly will help keep your yard lush and green!

Fertilize before the 4th

Fertilizer is another way to ensure a beautiful yard this summer. To keep your lawn healthy, you’ll want to fertilize every 30 to 90 days. Ideally, sometime in April for the first fertilization and before July 4th for the second application. 

Try to fertilize after a rainstorm or a few days after deep soaking your lawn. Spread it evenly, then lightly water your lawn to remove fertilizer from grass blades and wash it into the ground. Be careful not to over fertilize because you can burn your grass if you overdo it. 

Following these tips will help you maintain the lush and healthy lawn you want and give you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the weather!

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