It doesn't take one of those professionals who maintain the beautiful, springy turf found at golf courses and ball fields to keep lawns green and lush all summer long. But some helpful advice from one goes a long way.
Harold Enger, a certified turfgrass professional and ornamental landscaper, says homeowners who follow some simple steps can enjoy plush grass in their yards even through the hot, dry months.
The major enemies of a healthy lawn are insect pests, under- or overwatering and poor lawn mowing techniques.
Enger says the biggest sign of surface-feeding insect pests is turf that is thinning or losing color. Lawn care service professionals are trained to inspect and treat lawns for insect damage.
A well-maintained lawn needs one inch of water per week to stay green and growing. Enger says leave sprinklers on in one position for 30 to 60 minutes before moving it to another location. Early morning watering is best.
Northern turfgrasses like Bluegrass, Ryegrass and Tall Fescue should be cut at 2.5 to 3.5 inches.
Start by setting your lawn mower deck to this level - Enger says a soda can on its side should be able to slide under the mower at this height - and mow your lawn when it needs it as opposed to keeping to a weekly schedule.