Mitch Baker: Hi! I am Mitch Baker with American Plant. We are talking about June gardening tips.
Right now, we are going to talk about caring for our lawns in the summer. Now, you may not think of a yardstick as an essential gardening tool, but in this case it gives us an opportunity to measure the mowing height, and that's critical to the survival of turf during the summer.
So, what we want to do is be keeping our grass cut high, at the highest setting usually on a mower and that's about three-and-a-half even four inches high during the hot summer months.
This does a couple of things. It certainly helps to conserve energy in the grass plants. It also shades the soil surface so there is less evaporation of moisture that means, we are going to be watering less often. It's also going to shade the soil surface and prevent weed seeds from germinating.
So, we are going to reduce the number of weeds we have to deal with during the summer as well. So very important, keep your grass cut high during the summer months. Three-and-a-half to four inches is the target height for turf-type tall fescue.
Watering is the other critical factor during the hot summer months. It maybe the one thing we have control over. So when you water, we want to water deeply but less often. We want to get that water down into the soil profile to draw that turf roots down into the soil. So, water less often but water deeply.
So, that's how to keep your lawn looking great even with the heat. Next, we'll talk about summer flowering annuals.