Caring for your lawn during the summer

Tips while the heat and drought continue

Matt Moran
July 16, 2018 - 5:00 am

WBEN Photo/Matt Moran


With how hot and dry this summer has been Western New York lawns are taking a beating.

If you see in your grass some brown or dry spots. Kevin Petrinec with Seasonal Lawncare says to not get too concerned. It is expected with such hot temperatures we've been experiencing.

"The lawn will actually go to sleep, it will go into this dorment stage and will continue this as it waits for the cooler temperatures," Petrinec said.

Petrinec says this is because the grasses that grow around here are not meant for weather above 75 degrees. Petrinec says the best thing you can do is to water it on regular basis. Watering a specific spot for 20- 30 minutes and then hitting all the areas will help.

When it comes to mowing the lawn Petrinec says less is best, and to have your blade at least three and half inches high. 

"Lately we've been seeing the less you can be on the lawn the better," Petrinec said. "So if you can go two weeks without mowing the lawn, do it, just to alleviate any stress."

Petrinec also says keeping up with watering your plants and even your trees is good practice. The best times to do it are in the early morning hours.

If you are worried about the brown and dark spots, Petrinec says not to worry.

"They'll recover and then there should be minimal reseeding come the fall," Petrinec said.

Petrinec says once the weather cools down the grass will come out of its dorment stage and you should start seeing green grass later this year.



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