Monday, August 7, 2017
- by Mike Croxall, president, Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga
Maintaining a healthy lawn can be a challenge during the summer months, but ignoring that challenge can diminish a homes curb appeal and even its value.
Summers heat, drought, and high humidity can dehydrate grass and lead to desertification, while a host of fungal diseases, like brown patch, can lead to dead turf. Protecting against these maladies can save home owners money on landscaping and yard maintenance and will help enhance the homes value over the long term.
Important basic steps that home owners can take include watering, fertilizing, aerating, and mowing.
Like any other living thing, grass requires hydration to remain healthy. Home owners should water their grass thoroughly, preferably in the evening or morning to reduce water loss from evaporation. Typically, 1-1.5 inches of water should be applied each week, although this should be raised to 2 inches when the weather is unusually hot or dry. Avoid overwatering, as it can lead to the proliferation of fungal diseases.
Fertilizing also is essential to a healthy lawn. Fertilizer should be applied once a year, usually in late summer or early fall when the weather begins to ...