Extreme heat and sun can really affect your lawn and garden. In more temperate climates, the greenery will usually recover quickly on its own. However, in hotter climates that get a lot of sun exposure, like Australia, you’ll need to take some extra daily steps to protect your lawn from sun damage.
We at Glenview Turf, a Sunshine Coast based business, consider lawns and their health to be our passion and expertise. We care about the wellbeing of your turf, and we know how difficult it is to maintain a healthy turf on the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast. That’s why we have provided you with a few steps to help you protect your lawn from the summer sun.
Consider Your Water Access
If you know that the area you live in is prone to water restrictions, take the time before the heat comes on to do a bit of preparation. To save water you can use mulch, incorporate a drip system reticulation, or use water retention products.
Water at the Right Times
It is important during the hottest months to water in the early morning or in the evening. This will help avoid evaporation or the water heating up and scorching your grass in the sun’s hot rays. It’s usually best to water deeply and often. If there are water restrictions, watering deeply and occasionally will encourage a deeper root growth.
If you’re trying to protect your lawn from the sun, try shading your lawn. Plant some more leafy trees, or for a short-term solution in extreme circumstances, use an old sheet or two to physically cover your lawn.
Keep the Fertiliser to a Minimum
Your grass is stressed enough just trying to survive the heat without the added stress of trying to grow more. Leave the fertiliser use to a minimum while the sun is at its hottest. However, if there is a heat shock, try using a seaweed based fertiliser to reduce the heat stress.
Don’t Mow Away Too Much
You need to mow your lawn at the right times and when it’s at the right height if you want to protect it from the sun and heat. Usually, you shouldn’t cut more than a third of the length of your blades of grass. If you need, adjust the height of your mower or mow a bit more often to make sure that you’re cutting off the right length. If you forgo a trim lawn for a longer turf during the hottest weeks of the year, you’ll improve your lawn’s root system’s health and durability.
For more tips on how to protect your lawn from the sun and heat, contact us at Glenview Turf today.