Lawn care tips from the experts | Leaf Probably

Show your lawn some love now and watch it thrive this summer! (Photo: Getty)

There are few things more satisfying than a lush, green lawn. But what if all you see outside your window is a lackluster landscape punctuated by patches of dry, brown grass? “Embrace the brown,” says Bob Mann, technical expert for the National Association of Landscape Professionals and one of the country’s leading lawn care experts.

“Your lawn has a built-in defense mechanism: the dormant period. It responds to lack of moisture and excessive heat by stopping growth. Unfortunately, this also means it will brown for a while until it gets cooler and wetter. In almost all cases, your lawn will wake up with no problem.”

Of course, this summer the lawn will need maintenance to reach its full potential, so we asked Mann for a breakdown of the steps you need to take now to set it up for success. These three early summer lawn care tips and five must-have products will keep the grass on your side of the fence greener (and fuller and healthier) all season long. Let the cookouts begin!

1. Water on purpose.

“Don’t make sudden movements at this time of year! If you’ve been watering all along, keep going—but make sure you’re watering wisely and only when needed,” says Mann. “If you haven’t been watering regularly, starting when it gets super hot won’t help either.”

He also encourages watering your lawn deeper and less often than the other way around. If you water less frequently, the roots will respond by digging deeper into the soil, searching for water. If you water deeper, it gets into the soil and evaporates less.

Especially in warmer weather, the NALP recommends watering the lawn in the early morning or in the evening after sunset to minimize evaporation. Put the task of watering on autopilot with the set-it-and-forget-it Rain Bird 32ETI In-Ground Automatic Sprinkler System Kit, an Amazon customer favorite that’s now 55% off! Fans say it’s easy to install and set up. “All the hours I spent watering a reservoir full of periwinkles are now a thing of the past. LOVE THIS!” wrote one.

2. Don’t mow too much.

“As a rule, bigger is better,” says Mann. Back in the fall, the expert warned us not to “scalp” our lawn, and that still applies now. In the warmer months, you might like a close shave, but your lawn doesn’t. Cutting the grass too short removes the tips of the blades that do photosynthesis.

“Using your mower at its highest setting will help preserve the roots, keep the soil surface cooler, and be less prone to weed germination,” Mann recommends.

Grab a hardworking mower to get the job done right this summer. The Greenworks 20 Inch 3-in-1 12 Amp Corded Electric Lawn Mower is a top seller on Amazon with over 7,000 five star reviews. And it’s available for under $200, which is a rarity for a branded mower with this kind of performance.

“Very convenient and easy to use for a 69-year-old semi-disabled woman (5’5″, 168 pounds),” wrote one reviewer. “Just push the button, pull the grip lever up and away you go.”

3. Repel weed and insect damage.

“Scouting is key in the summer to spot harmful populations of insects, weeds, and diseases,” says Mann. He recommends hiring a professional to treat and prevent messes – “they know what to look for and how to repair the damage,” he notes.

But if you’re determined to go the do-it-yourself route, “educate yourself on what weeds, insects, and diseases you’re dealing with so you can choose the right product and technique to kill one.” achieve effective control.”

Best choice for weed control

Mann says the best way to ward off weeds is to maintain a lawn that is so dense that there is no room to grow. If you’re dealing with an overgrown situation, here’s your new secret weapon. And yes, it’s on sale!

Top choice for insect control

When it comes to pests, Amazon buyers love Wondercide’s EcoTreat Outdoor Pest Control Spray Concentrate eliminates all manner of critters, from chinch bugs to Japanese beetles, that are notorious for nibbling on the weed you work hard for. Right now you can get a 16 ounce bottle with 20% discount.

Top choice for disease control

Scotts DiseaseEx Lawn Fungicide – Fungus Control, Fast Acting, Treats up to 5,000 Square Feet, 10 lb.


$19 $23 at Amazon

DiseaseEx takes on the myriad of bio-invaders threatening your lawn. Say goodbye to fungus, brown spot, stem and stripe rust, red thread, powdery mildew, necrotic ring spot, summer spot, yellow spot and more.

Scotts DiseaseEx’s top rated lawn fungicide is all you need. Grab a £10 bag – enough to cover 5,000 square feet – which is on sale now.

The reviews cited above reflect the latest versions at the time of publication.

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