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August Lawn Care Advice
July 28th 2017 - As the dog days of summer approach, lawns and landscaping need special attention. Remember to put as little stress on your lawn as possible: mow as early in the day as possible, raise your mowing deck to a high level and reduce foot traffic. Homeowners should also know how to prepare your lawn for fall feeding, the best irrigation practices and what pests arrive during August.

Prepare Your Lawn for Fall Feeding

August typically reveals the most stressed areas of lawns. Some simple chores will boost the results of your fall feeding. 
  • Identify and remove weeds. Many weeds are hot season grasses. They thrive while cool season grasses become dormant. These weeds rob your lawn of nutrients and may result in bare patches. Removing these weeds early gives your lawn a better chance to recover in the fall.
  • Dethatch your lawn. Excess thatch on the soil surface prevents water, oxygen and nutrients from feeding the root system. 
  • If you plan to seeding throughout the fall, then you may consider aeration in August. If you do not plan to seed in the early fall, wait until September or October to aerate your lawn.
  • Level low spots. Areas impacted by erosion or compaction may benefit greatly from added lawn soil.
  • Mulch is essential to cooling landscape plants. Loosen compacted mulch beds and repair eroded areas.

Best Irrigation Practices

If you irrigate your lawn, make a plan to water in the morning. Grass root systems will soak up the nutrients and any remaining water will evaporate as the day warms. Watering during the heat of the day may damage plant (especially landscape flowers and shrubs). Irrigating too late in the day may result in excess water remaining on the soil surface or on plants. Mold and mildew may result during these humid, hot months. Most notably, some yellowing of grass in August is normal and part of a healthy lawn's seasonal cycle.

Be Alert of Pests

Mosquitoes are not the only late season pests to ruin your outdoor enjoyment. Aphids, whiteflies and other insects may attack your flowers. As part of your early morning routine, sprinkle water on these plants and inspect for any damage from pests. If you use chemical treatments, always read the label and know that most are less effective in temperatures above 85 degrees.