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4 Things I Avoid Doing in My Summer Lawn Care Routine

This summer you will want your lawn to look its best. However, there are some essential rules that I follow to keep my grass healthy and vibrant when the summer heat comes and threatens to destroy my lawn.

summer lawn care routine

Today, I will discuss the key points from my Youtube video titled “Four Things You Should NEVER Do in Your Lawn in the Summer.” My expert insights will help you maintain a lush, green lawn all summer long.

Keeping your lawn in top shape during the summer involves a few key strategies. 

  1. Water your lawn deeply and infrequently to encourage strong root growth. 
  2. Avoid the temptation to mow your grass too short; instead, maintain a higher mowing height to protect your lawn from the harsh summer sun. 
  3. Don’t forget to fertilize your lawn, as it still needs nutrients to thrive during this season. 
  4. Be cautious about heavy foot traffic and take steps to protect your grass in areas prone to high use.

Proper Lawn Watering During Summer Months

One of the most crucial aspects of summer lawn care is watering. Contrary to popular belief, I advise against daily watering, as it can be detrimental to your turf and its roots. 

orbit sprinkler head used for watering during the summer

Instead, I opt for deep and infrequent watering. Here’s why: frequent shallow watering promotes shallow root growth, leaving your lawn more vulnerable to drought and heat stress. By watering deeply once a week, you encourage your grass to develop deep, strong roots that can access water stored in the soil.

Deeper roots produce thicker, healthier, happier grasses that will be durable throughout the summer and prevent invasive grass and weed growth.

Mow High, Not Low During Summer Heat

While you might be tempted to give your lawn a close cut during the summer, this is a mistake. Mowing your lawn too short can put significant stress on your grass, making it more susceptible to damage from the sun and pests. 

height adjustment for mowing during summer
Crank the height up!

I recommend mowing your grass at a higher setting on your lawn mower. This keeps the grass blades longer, providing more shade to the soil and roots while helping to retain moisture. Taller grass also helps inhibit weed growth, as it competes more effectively for sunlight.

If you have bermudagrass or other warm season grasses, you still want to mow higher than you might think even though these require shorter cuts than cool season grasses.

Don’t Skip Fertilization in the Summer

Summer is not the time to neglect your lawn’s nutritional needs. Fertilization is crucial even during the warmer months. I always emphasize the importance of feeding your lawn. 

Properly timed and balanced fertilization ensures that your grass has the nutrients it needs to thrive, promoting healthy growth and vibrant green color. Make sure to use a summer-specific lawn fertilizer, as it is designed to meet the unique needs of your grass during this season.

Spreader for watering

I used to throw my hands up in frustration during the summer as it seemed like putting any type of fertilizer down was a waste. But with the proper watering schedule and appropriate fertilizer, you can make a solid green yard even on the hottest days.

Avoid Heavy Traffic in Your Lawn

Summer often means more outdoor activities, which can lead to heavy foot traffic on your lawn. While it’s fun to play games, host gatherings, or enjoy picnics in your yard, too much activity can damage your grass. I suggest being mindful of where and how you move about your lawn – while still enjoying it.

deep roots make grass withstand the summer heat

Solution: consider creating designated paths or areas for high-traffic use to minimize the wear and tear on your grass. This simple step can help preserve the health and appearance of your lawn throughout the summer.

For me, it was putting down pavers in the most worn paths of my yard that helped keep my kids off of the grass.

Final words: Keeping a healthy summer lawn

In reality, I had to learn this stuff the hard way after breaking every single one of these rules at one time or another.

By following these tips from my video, you’ll be well on your way to maintaining a beautiful, healthy lawn all summer long.

Alex K

Alex K

Alex is not a lawn care natural. He had to learn things the hard way. But after stumbling through his first few seasons of lawn care, he learned a lot. Mostly - what not to do. Alex has become one of the country's advocates of battery-powered lawn tools, quoted in the Washington Post among other highly visible publications. Alex started The Lawn Review with his friend Tyler - who you may see in some of the videos on this website - to help normal people like you understand how to take care of their lawn themselves with the best tools possible. Alex has thousands of hours of experience using hundreds of different lawn tools and has found exactly what to look for in each type of tool. He speaks with deep experience not only about the boring technical specifications, but what the tool actually feels like when you are using it, what to look for before you make a purchase, and how the lawn tool measures up when you factor in price.