Summer Lawn Care For Your Maryland Yard

Your lawn should look green and beautiful all summer long.

You can throw BBQ’s and host parties, watch kids run through the sprinklers, and all the other fun activities that happen on your lawn.

But if you combine that with heat and lack of rain, summer can take a toll on the health of your yard. Then you’re left with brown, brittle grass that is slowly dying and leaving your yard looking like a patchwork quilt.

Summer lawn care needed for this yard with dying grass and sprinkler

Then every time you see your lawn these feelings of frustration and, well, embarrassment bubble up. The neighbors’ lawn looks perfect but yours is fading.

At least, that’s how many of our clients tell us they feel. They don’t feel that way anymore.

You don’t have to either. You can transform your lawn from brown and patchy back to green and grassy like it’s supposed to be. Then those negative feelings will just disappear.

All you need to do is follow these summer lawn care tips and advice.

Let’s start with what to do a the start of summer.

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Start Of Summer Lawn Care

You can keep your landscape looking amazing by mowing the lawn, trimming the edges, and pulling any weeds every week. Pruning shrubs should be done at the beginning and end of summer. Make sure your irrigation system is working too so all your plants get water.

Mowing the grass on a riding mower as part of summer lawn care

Once all that is done, you might even consider doing a summer landscaping project like:

1. Installing a patio and/or walkways
2. Creating new planting beds
3. Adding landscape lighting

You can also upgrade or maintain any current areas like a deck or gazebo.

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Now let’s look at the do’s and don’ts of summer lawn care.

4 Summer Landscaping Do’s & Don’ts

1. Do plant hot-season vegetables

Take advantage of summer’s plentiful heat and sunshine by planting these heat-loving edibles: okra, sweet potatoes, chili peppers, cowpeas, yardlong beans, and eggplant.

Okra produces prolific pods all summer long and is drought-tolerant as far as vegetables go.

Sweet potatoes make an excellent temporary groundcover in veggie gardens and flowerbeds, shading out weeds until the arrival of cold weather when they can be harvested.

2. Do use drought-tolerant plants

Drought-tolerant plants are all the rage, and not just because they conserve water. They’re low-maintenance, so they can survive whether or not you are in the garden all the time.

That being said, ‘drought-tolerant’ does not mean that you can plant it and forget it. Keep the soil moist until the plant takes off on its own.

Summer vegetable garden

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3. Don’t plant cool-season vegetables

Generally speaking, it’s a bad idea to attempt veggies like peas, lettuce, carrots, and radishes in summer. They will quickly bolt in the heat, meaning that they’ll devote their energy to blooming and producing seeds while making the edible parts bitter.

4. Don’t water unless necessary

It’s tempting to set the sprinklers on a timer, kick up your feet, and consider it taken care of.

But, do you really want to be that person who runs their sprinklers in a rainstorm? It’s best to water plants when they are newly planted, wilting, and/or dropping leaves due to drought.

Now let’s explore the end of summer lawn care tips.

5 End Of Summer Lawn Care Tips

Though it might not feel like it, fall will be here before you know it. You can help your lawn get ready for it by starting lawn care in the middle of summer.

This way you can avoid a dying lawn during fall. End the summer season right with these 5 landscaping tips:

1. Monitor Moisture

Your plants need around one inch of water every week in the heart of summer, whether from rain or sprinkler system.

You must continue to monitor moisture levels even if your landscaping starts looking brown and lifeless during the end of summer.

2. Change The Way You Water

Sprinklers work well, but there are better ways to water your plants and lawn during summer.

Sprinklers watering lawn as part of summer lawn care

When your grass starts to brown, there’s not much you can do except prep the browning grass for fall. This means using a drip irrigation system instead of a sprinkler.

Drip systems allow your lawn to absorb water more deeply, better prepping them for fall when your grass can become green again.

3. Mow Properly

Many homeowners like to mow their lawns quite short. This allows the owner more time between mowing.

However, this practice is not necessarily healthy for your lawn.

In the heat of summer, mowing your lawn too short will cause grass to dry and turn brown. Cutting the grass a little higher will allow for a healthier, fuller lawn.

4. Look Out For Pests

Summertime is high season for pests that like to eat away at your trees and shrubs:

Insect eating plants

As plants start stressing due to summer drought, insects begin attacking more aggressively. Pay close attention to your plants and trees during the summer to ensure no predators kill them off.

5. Remove Dead Plants

During the end of summer, you’ll want to check your trees and shrubs for dead limbs. These limbs often break due to thunderstorms or lack of hydration, plus they don’t look great.

Keep Your Summer Lawn Amazing

Your green, grassy lawn can be present throughout the entire summer as long as you care for it properly. These tips should help you stay ahead of the summer heat and drought.

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