For most of us, lawn care consists of fertilizing, mowing and watering. When turf is damp and temperatures are mild, Spring offers ideal for fertilizing and aerating. Fall feeding and seeding protects grass for the winter months. In reality, these are the easy times to care for you grass. The real test is upon us. As the high heat of summer approaches, consider some simple but effective chores.

Cut dry. Whether early in the morning or after dusk, let grass rest during damp hours. Cutting a damp plant may cause excessive and unnecessary water loss. Mow of dry days in the mid-morning.

Cut high. Raise your lawnmower cut height. Removing less of the plant protects the blade. Tall grass also shades the root system.

Cut clean. Sharp blades reduce water loss. A clean cut allows the plant to recover quickly. If the plant appears ripped or white tips form, then sharpen your blade.

Cut cool. Mowing in extremely high heat is a bad idea for your mower, your lawn and you. Avoid mowing at high noon. Aside from heatstroke and expensive repairs to your lawn equipment, grass can be severely damaged.

Cut less. Raking your lawn to free up thatch will improve overall appearence and allow rhizomes to grow out instead of up. Dethatching your lawn requires a lot of clean up, but may protect your lawn through the next few months.