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Four things to look out for during the hot, dry months.

| June 12, 2014

  • Grubs hatch during the summer months, so lawn care operators should be on the lookout for an infestation. Grub control should be applied sparingly as chemical applications can stress out grass in high temperatures.

 

  • Adjust mowers to a higher setting, depending on the type of grass. Many homeowners will cut their grass too short to decrease the number of times they have to mow. This can actually kill grasses, so it’s important to communicate proper mowing techniques for a customer’s particular grass. Plus, longer grass means more shade and more surface area to pick up nutrients, resulting in a stronger root system.

 

  • Grass clippings can be a great way to add extra nutrients and a little bit of extra shade to grass. Encourage customers or technicians to leave clippings on the lawn. While some are concerned that thatch will develop, according to Texas A&M, it’s a very small contributor to thatch problems.

 

  • Educate customers about when to water and when to let their lawn rest. Allowing a lawn to go brown, then watering it until it turns green again put a tremendous stress on the grass, leaving it susceptible to pests and disease. Make sure your customers know that a brown lawn is a dormant lawn that will recover as long as any traffic on it is kept to a minimum.

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