Summer Turf Tips
Additional watering is necessary when temperatures exceed 90 degrees!
Slow release nitrogen fertilizers should be the preferred choice during the summer season. These fertilizers release nutrients over a longer period of time and maintain a steady growth rate. They are usually non-burning and cause less stress to your summer turf.
These fertilizers do not produce "growth flushes" like the traditional fertilizers that contain quick release forms of nitrogen.
Deep irrigations are recommended during the heat of the summer. Remember, the deeper the soak, the deeper the roots. For best results irrigate between 12 am (midnight) and 5 am in the morning.
Mowing height in the summer should be raised to reduce added stress to the turf. With a deep root system, your drought tolerance will increase.
- Blue/Rye High of 2 inches and Low of 1 inch
- Tall Fescue High of 3inches and Low of 2 inches
- Dwarf Fescue High of 3 inches and Low of 1 ½ inches
- Mow regularly and never cut off more than 1/3 of the blade length for best results.
- Keep mower blades well sharpened for the best cut and great looking turf.