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Lawn Care Tips for Summer

Texas summers may be very hot and dry. The months of July, August, and September are the warmest, with the greatest temperatures. Here are some lawn care management ideas from AggieTurf to keep your grass healthy all summer long. Subscribe to the Texas Lawn Companion email newsletter for year-round lawn care advice from AggieTurf experts.

Watering

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When watering your lawn, try to use as little water as possible to save money and encourage thick, healthy turfgrass growth. See the AgriLife Extension Water-Wise checklist to learn how to save water.

Warm-season turfgrass may fall into summer slumber if it is subjected to extended drought. This implies it will stop growing, develop a tan golden-brown hue, and then recover when water becomes available later in the summer or early in the autumn. When you don’t want to water your lawn on a regular basis during the warmest and driest weeks of summer, you may let it fall dormant.

The capacity of your grass to generate deep, strong roots during times of vigorous growth is required for summer dormancy. Deep roots, deep water penetration, and good turfgrass development are all encouraged by the activities specified in the Water-Wise checklist. If you do this, cease fertilizing since fertilizer products are best used while the turfgrass is actively developing, not dormant.

Remember that watering your lawn may have a big influence on turfgrass diseases as autumn approaches. As a general rule, water first thing in the morning. Evening irrigation might extend leaf wetness and create disease-friendly conditions. Turfgrass growth slows down in the autumn, which means less water and fertilizer is needed.

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Mowing

 

Your lawn may not need to be mowed as often throughout the summer months, particularly if it is suffering from heat and drought stress. Many summer weeds, on the other hand, are blooming and generating seed. Take actions now to limit seed populations and weed levels in your landscape in the spring. During this period, frequent mowing and clipping removal may assist manage weed populations.

Fertilization

To maintain healthy turfgrass development, fertilize your lawn as required. Consider lowering or halting fertilizer applications when there isn’t enough water to sustain growth. A soil test should be used to evaluate nutrient rates such as phosphorus (P) and potassium (K). Soil testing will also aid in the identification of essential soil qualities like as pH, which affect nutrient availability.

Insects

Bermudagrass mites, grubs, and chinch bugs are three typical lawn insects to be wary of throughout the summer months.

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Bermudagrass mites thrive in hot weather and are particularly active in the summer. They can’t be seen with the naked eye. When there is a serious infestation, the turfgrass thins down and takes on a tufted “witch’s broom” look.

For severe infestations, there are various pesticide choices, but scalping the affected area and removing the grass clippings may physically displac many of the mites.

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Turf-feeding grubs do the greatest damage in the summer and early autumn. Drought stress-like unevenly shaped patches characterize grub damage. Turfgrass may frequently be picked up and rolled back as if it were fresh sod when grub infestations are severe. Animals (skunks, armadillos, possums) will begin to dig up portions of your grass as another clue. When it comes to grub treatment, timing is crucial. Waiting too long may limit the efficacy of lawn pesticides significantly.

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Chinch bugs are a prevalent nuisance on southern lawns throughout the summer. They mostly harm St. Augustine grass, although they may also harm other species of turfgrass. Damage from chinchillas appears as irregularly shaped areas that expand wider. You may find spikes of bermudagrass still persisting in the midst of dead or thinning St. Augustine if your yard has bermudagrass. Chinch bugs are visible without magnification, but they are still tiny and might be difficult to identify without assistance.

Diseases

Take-All Root Rot (TARR) and Gray Leaf Spot are two frequent turfgrass diseases in the summer (GLS). Contact your local AgriLife Extension agent or the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab for help with accurate identification. Before administering remedies, make sure the turfgrass issue is adequately identified.

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Take-all Root Rot is most active in the spring and early summer, although it may appear at any time throughout the growth season when the turfgrass is stressed. Extremes in temperature, poor water quality, drought, compaction, and even herbicide harm may all raise the risk of Take-all Root Rot. The importance of good cultural practices in avoiding this illness cannot be overstated.

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Gray Leaf Spot is a foliar disease that affects St. Augustine grass lawns during this time of year. It thrives in the shady, moist areas of a lawn. Keep the area mowed and aired out to keep this illness at bay. Some St. Augustine grass kinds will be more susceptible, and fungicides may be necessary in severe situations.

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