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Heat Stress on the Lawn

Protect Your Grass Plants from Extreme Temperatures

Is your lawn suffering from heat stress? As temperatures continue to climb in Fresno, lawns everywhere will begin to feel the pressure of extreme weather. A lack of rainfall coupled with relentless heat can wreak havoc on the health of your grass plants. No need to panic – if you’ve partnered with Weed Man Lawn Care, we’ll keep a close eye on your lawn and ensure that your turf is well-protected from weather-related damage. Here are just some of the factors we consider when it comes to heat stress:

Fertilization

Fertilization following a period of drought is critical for providing grass with an extra boost of nutrients that will be stored and used during the upcoming seasons. Weed Man’s fertilizer is specifically designed for this weather and its impact on home lawns. Unlike a liquid fertilizer, our exclusive slow-release granular fertilizer is available when your lawn needs it. NOTE: It is important that you start the feeding process right away to maximize nutrient absorption and, correspondingly, turf revitalization.

Deep, Infrequent Watering

Your lawn requires water for active growth. Forgo using your spotty lawn sprinkler and opt for a  professionally-installed irrigation system instead. Deliver water in a deep, even soak to simulate rainfall patterns and give your grass the moisture that it needs to thrive. Several light sprinklings will not do the trick.  Water in the early mornings to minimize evaporation. 

Aeration 

Proper soil maintenance is an essential aspect of caring for a drought-stressed lawn. Turf deterioration typically occurs when compacted soil shrinks the area where roots can grow. Weed Man’s core aeration can relieve this compaction through its process of mechanically removing cores of soil, ultimately encouraging the uptake of nutrients and oxygen through a deeper root system.

Overseeding 

Consider overseeding to improve the look and health of your lawn this fall. Overseeding refers to the process of planting grass seed on pre-existing turf. It aids in turf recovery and will work to improve your lawn’s appearance. A dense, lush lawn is also the best defense against weed and insect damage.  

Proper Mowing 

It is important to mow at the proper height for your grass type. If you aren’t sure how tall you should be mowing, contact your local Weed Man for advice. As a general rule, no more than 1/3 of the leaf blade should be removed in a single mowing. Mowing too low, particularly during periods of drought, places unnecessary stress on the lawn by eliminating most of the nutrient-producing leaf surface. This limits the grass blade’s ability to produce food, causing root growth to come to a standstill. A longer cutting height will allow for a deeper, stronger root system.  

Be sure to keep your mower blade sharpened to prevent grass tearing.  Also keep in mind that a lawn impacted by drought may be more susceptible to damage from heavy equipment such as mowers. Reduce mowing frequency to allow leaf tissue time to heal.  
 
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