Look outside. Every lawn on your street is a different shade of green or cut at various lengths. That’s because everybody cuts, waters and fertilizes differently, not to mention the half dozen varieties of common grasses that they may have.
Grass reacts to the sun like your skin does. Too much sun without protection will burn it. When you have a full head of hair, you don’t put sunscreen on top of your head because your hair protects your scalp. The same goes for long grass; it provides shade for the roots and soil. Long grass also develops a deeper root system which makes the grass more fit for dry and less fertile soil. So it is important not to cut your grass too short so that the roots stay protected.
Water is an important element in healthy grass. Lawns typically need a minimum of one inch of water per week to stay green, although you will need more when it’s hot, sunny, dry and/or windy. You’ll need less when it’s cool, damp and cloudy.
Soil and other environmental factors, such as pets, can also steal the green from your lawn. If you cut your grass long and water frequently, but still have yellow lawn, you should have your soil tested for nutrient deficiencies and fertilize accordingly. Otherwise, regular fertilizing in early and late spring along with early and late fall are often a good way to maintain a healthy lawn.
Hope you have a GREEN summer!