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Beat the Heat with a Healthy Lawn

Jul 08

As we enter the peak of summer here in Indianapolis, keeping your lawn lush and green can feel like an uphill battle. But fear not, fellow Hoosiers! With a few expert tips from our team at Fine Touch Services, you can maintain a healthy, vibrant lawn even when the mercury rises. Let's dive into some strategies to help your grass beat the heat!

Water Wisely

The key to a healthy summer lawn is smart watering. Here's how to do it right:

  • Water deeply and less frequently. This encourages deeper root growth, making your lawn more drought-resistant.
  • Water early in the morning. This reduces evaporation and allows the grass to dry before nightfall, preventing fungal diseases.
  • Aim for about 1-1.5 inches of water per week, including rainfall.

Mow High

Taller grass is more heat-tolerant. Here's why:

  • Longer blades shade the soil, keeping it cooler and reducing water evaporation.
  • Set your mower to its highest setting, typically around 3-4 inches.
  • Never remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade length in a single mowing session.

Feed Your Lawn

A well-fed lawn is more resilient to heat stress:

  • Apply a slow-release, summer-appropriate fertilizer to provide steady nutrition.
  • Avoid over-fertilizing, which can lead to excessive growth and increased water needs.
  • Consider organic options like compost tea for a natural boost.

Practice Good Lawn Hygiene

Keep your lawn healthy by:

  • Removing weeds promptly to reduce competition for water and nutrients.
  • Aerating compacted soil to improve water penetration and root growth.
  • Dethatching if thatch buildup exceeds 1/2 inch to improve air and water flow.

Consider Heat-Tolerant Grass Types

If you're planning to reseed or renovate your lawn, consider grass types that thrive in our Indianapolis climate:

  • Tall Fescue: Known for its deep root system and heat tolerance.
  • Kentucky Bluegrass: A popular choice that can go dormant during extreme heat but recovers well.
  • Perennial Ryegrass: Quick to establish and moderately heat-tolerant.

Let Your Lawn Rest

During periods of extreme heat:

  • Limit foot traffic on stressed areas of your lawn.
  • Avoid unnecessary mowing or treatments.
  • Be patient – some browning is normal and most lawns will recover when temperatures cool.

By following these tips, you'll be well on your way to maintaining a healthy, resilient lawn throughout the hot Indianapolis summer. Remember, a little extra care goes a long way in beating the heat!

Need help implementing these strategies or want a professional touch for your lawn? Don't hesitate to reach out to us at Fine Touch Services. We're here to help you create and maintain the outdoor space of your dreams, no matter the season!

Contact us today for the best landscaping quote you will get!

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