Summer months can be tough on your grass; especially here in Southeast Texas. Several of the varieties we grow are licensed from a company called Sod Solutions and they have some good maintenance tips on their website as well as some videos about how to maintain the different varieties of grasses. These tips and videos are designed specifically for their proprietary grasses but they work well in general for each major type of grass like St. Augustine, Bermuda, and Zoysia.
Listed below are some of their quick tips but click on the link to check out the full article and the videos for each type of grass.
Some things to keep in mind are:
– Sandy soils usually require more water to keep the turf healthy because sand drains faster than clay or heavier soils.
– As a general rule, the further South you are, the longer your growing season, which means that your lawn may require increased fertilization.
– Grass in partial shade will remain wet longer than grass in full sun and watering should be adjusted accordingly.
– Over-watering can be just as harmful as under-watering because grass that stays moist all of the time is at high risk of fungus and disease.
– If you see your grass turning brown during the growing season you most likely have a fungus, disease or insect issue. See our guidelines for instructions on how to identify and treat.
The points about over-watering and keeping your grass moist at all times which can cause problems is especially important this time of year. This of course is in reference to grass that is already established in a yard and not to grass that has just been planted.