All Texas homeowners, especially those of us in Dallas, know how hot Texas summers get. We also know how difficult it is to protect our yards from the Texas Heat. For many homeowners, no matter how hard they try, they cannot seem to avoid those unsightly brown patches. However, all hope is not lost! C Green’s Landscape Management has been working in Dallas lawn care for 40 years. We know how to protect your yard from the heat.
Protecting Your Dallas Yard From the Texas Heat
When the weather is hot, the best way to protect your yard is to make sure your grass is strong. However, the question on most homeowner’s minds is, “How do I keep my grass strong?”
Avoid Cutting Your Grass During a Drought
Droughts put your yard under lots of extra stress. During these periods of stress, yards are not able to recover as quickly from mowing. However, when it does rain, or you water your lawn, make you mow it shortly after.
Keep Your Mower Blades Sharp
When you are mowing the lawn, the goal is to cut the grass cleanly, not slowly tear the plant tissue. To do that, you need sharp mower blades. Torn grass tissue is weak and more susceptible to disease and heat damage. Over time, this grass will turn brown and sickly in appearance.
Do Not Cut your Grass too Short
Cutting your grass too short inhibits its growth. It is not able to produce enough energy to develop deep, robust root systems. If your lawn cannot grow deep enough roots, it will not be durable enough to handle those Dallas summers. However, the difficult part is knowing how long your grass needs to be.
Every type of grass has its ideal length. So, you must know what kind of grass you have, and what length it needs to be. After you learn its perfect height, FOLLOW THE 1/3 RULE. The 1/3 rule states that you should only cut off 1/3 of the grass. Following this rule gives it plenty of length to remain healthy and strong.
Know When to Water, and How Much to Water
The July and August-days in Dallas, TX get hot FAST. So knowing the proper time to water is vital to prevent most of the water from evaporating. Not only does watering at the wrong time keep the plants from keeping the water they need, but it also wastes water! The best time to water is early in the morning. Early watering allows your lawn to absorb all the water it needs, but also lets the afternoon sun to evaporate any standing water leftover. Because, believe it or not, there is such a thing as too much water!
The jury is still out on exactly how often you’re supposed to water your lawn in the summer, but the consensus is 1-3 times per week. The main thing is that you make sure all of the water is absorbed. Only water until it has reached the root system. Too much water will lead to disease and dead grass.
The better care you take of your yard throughout the rest of the year, the less you have to stress about it in the summer. Make sure you keep it fertilized, watered, mowed, and pest-free all year long. The healthier your lawn is in May, the better equipped it will be to withstand those Dallas, TX summers.
CGreens Landscape Management has been helping Dallas, TX homeowners keep their yards in pristine condition for 40 years. That includes not only making sure your lawn is summer-ready but making sure your irrigation system is as well. We are a full-service landscaping company, and are here to help with everything from lighting to irrigation repair! For more information on what we can do for your Dallas yard, or to schedule a service, please contact us today!