William D. Jones, MD, serves as an independent occupational and preventive care specialist in Oklahoma City, OK. In his free time, William D. Jones, MD, enjoys maintaining the lawn of his Oklahoma (OK) home.
During the summer months, heat and dry conditions can combine with overuse to threaten the health of a lawn. Regular watering is one of the most effective actions a homeowner can take to keep his or her lawn healthy, though this must happen consistently. A rain guage can help the owner to ensure that the lawn receives an inch or more of water per week, though it is important that delivery of this moisture occur at regular intervals and early enough in the day that it does not evaporate in the heat.
A lawn does need mowing as it continues to grow, though the homeowner should take care not to cut it too short. Tall grasses more effectively absorb sunlight and maintain healthy moisture levels in the hot summer days. When mowing does become necessary, the blades should be at the mower’s highest setting, and clippings should be distributed across the grass as a natural fertilizer.
Homeowners should remove leaves and other debris from the lawn, however, as they can damage the soil. Areas of the lawn that seem damaged may respond to seeding, though doing so too often can do more harm than good. Watering a browned area of the lawn is also inadvisable, as it is unlikely to be effective, though these areas often heal themselves as the weather becomes cooler.