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Lawn Care and Maintenance Tips for the Summer

Keystone Custom Home LawnSummer is fast approaching, and it’s time to break out the lawn equipment from the garage and get to work caring for your lawn.

Check out the tips below to get your lawn in great shape for the upcoming season:

Mowing – Mow your grass whenever it is growing, as long as the ground isn’t too wet or icy to walk on. Through the end of spring, you should mow once a week with the blades at their highest setting, gradually lowering them as growth speeds up. Then, collect the clippings in a box which can be composted, or use a mulching mower which chops the grass into fine pieces and returns nutrients to the lawn. Be sure to rake off thick patches of clippings that can harm the lawn. Once summer is in full swing, your lawn may need to be cut three times a week, depending on the quality of the grass.

Watering – During dry periods of the spring or summer, water newly laid turf, freshly sown areas, and high-quality lawns. If your lawn is already established, you don’t need to water it but should stop mowing because longer grass helps protect the roots from dry conditions. Don’t worry if your grass turns brown, it will recuperate as soon as it rains. A new lawn should be watered every week during dry spells until it is established. A way to tell when fine lawns need to be watered is if they lose their spring when you walk on them. Water evaporation can be minimized by using sprinklers early in the morning or at night. Seep hoses should be moved by 8 inches every half hour to ensure Reduce water evaporation by using sprinklers early in the morning or at night. Move seep hoses by 8 inches every half hour to ensure even saturation.

Feeding – The richness of the underlying soil is an indicator of the amount of fertilizer you’ll need to maintain your lush green grass throughout the summer. Occasionally leaving the clippings on the lawn after mowing can help to increase nutrients in the soil. Granular or liquid fertilizer should be applied at least once per year. Use feeds that are high in nitrogen to boost growth in the spring and early summer. Watch not to overfeed your lawn, because stunted growth and fungal problems can occur. The lawn should be divided into a grid of yard squares using stakes and the fertilizer should be applied at the rate per the instructions on the package. For large lawns, you can rent a calibrated spreader, making sure to water it if there is no rain within three days of feeding.

Weeding – Lawns that contain high levels of acid are more prone to moss and weed growth. Application of a weed killer in the spring and summer can be helpful in eliminating growth of weeds. If you don’t want to use weed killer, you can use a knife to remove weeds such as buttercups, daisies, and dandelions.

This summer, make caring for your lawn a fun activity by inviting your kids to help out. Not only will you be teaching them responsibility, but you’ll also be spending quality time together. For tips from HGTV experts about caring for your lawn, click here. To learn more about Keystone Custom Homes, and how you can own a PA new home, visit our website at

Jeff Rutt