Lawn Irritation

The heat is on, and as I’ve often preached, raise the deck on your mower in summer, cutting the grass short stresses your lawn. Longer leaf blades will help shade the crown of the plant. Irrigate your lawn in the morning when the sun and winds are lower than mid-day so a large share of your application makes it to the root zone. When the weather is hot, you’ll see some lawns with Heat Tracks. If your lawn has a bluish-silver dull cast to it’s appearance, or if you walk across the lawn and can see your footprints, your lawn may be suffering from some heat and moisture stress. Stay off the lawn with equipment until a cooler part of the day or until sufficient irrigation has been applied. Turf traffic when it’s under stress will lead to a visible example of “Lawn Irritation!”