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Summer lawn care in St. Louis
This week is set to break records for high temperatures that spell disaster for your luscious lawn. In addition to these record highs, St. Louis is experiencing a moderate drought meaning your grass is getting toasted. It’s important that you take adequate care of your lawn to keep it healthy throughout the year.
There really is a science behind keeping your lawn in tip-top shape. Hopefully with a little direction you can help make your patch of St. Louis a little bit greener. You should begin watering your lawn when it first starts to wilt. Wilted grass appears a bit darker green or blue in color and doesn’t have the same spring to it when walked on. As the first six or eight inches of soil begin to dry, it pulls some of the moisture from the visible blades of grass; that’s your cue to break out the hoses.
Ideally you would water your lawn in the early hours of morning starting around six in the morning. During this cooler period of the day you can water more efficiently as less water evaporates compared to in the heat of the day. Due to the severe weather conditions in the Midwest, your grass will likely need about an inch or an inch and a half of water. This means about three or four hours of watering to satisfy your thirsty lawn. Rain barrels and gutter collection systems create a great resource to water your lawn with rain, which helps conserve water. A properly watered lawn will allow a screwdriver to easily sink through the first several inches of soil.
Watering your lawn is the first step in ensuring that your grass is healthy from root to tip. Other ways you can help keep your lawn greener are allowing it to grow slightly longer during the summer to help develop a sturdy root system, proper natural fertilization, and controlling weeds, insects, and diseases. Hopefully you can keep your lawn a little bit greener throughout these hot summer months.