Here in Las Vegas, we can see some pretty extreme temperatures every now and then. When the weather gets extremely hot, how can you make sure you keep your lawn in great condition?
Here are a few tips and tricks related to lawn care in Las Vegas to help you keep your grass surviving through even the harshest and hottest conditions:
- Cut to the right height: Many homeowners and commercial landscaping services alike tend to cut lawns far too short. If you cut the grass too short, you significantly hamper the plant’s ability to produce the energy it needs to be able to grow healthily. However, at the proper height, the grass will develop much stronger roots and be able to withstand more stress. There are different cutting standards for different types of grass, so you might want to research exactly what those standards are for your lawn, but in general, you should err on the side of the lawn being a little too long rather than a little too short, especially during heat waves.
- Remember the rule of thirds: The rule of thirds when cutting the grass is that you should never remove more than a third of the height of the lawn at once. This helps to keep the lawn cool, because you are removing significantly less plant material when mowing. Setting the blade higher for cool season grass types during heat waves helps to keep the grass in great condition. So, for example, if your grass is typically cut to approximately 2.5 inches, you might consider increasing that to three inches during the summer to be on the safe side and to keep your lawn looking healthy.
- Do not overwater: There is a tendency to overwater grass during extremely hot weather. For example, there’s no need to water your lawn after a rainfall, no matter how hot the ensuing weather is. Additionally, if your soil is constantly wet, there are going to be a lot of problems that prevent it from growing properly. For example, the grass’s roots could lack sufficient oxygen and become more susceptible to various forms of diseases, which thrive in damp conditions. Drier grass and soil leads to less disease. So basically, your rule of thumb should be to water deeply and infrequently, rather than frequently or constantly. You should get the entire root zone wet, and then not water the grass again until it is fully dry. Generally, your lawn only needs an inch of water per week.
- What to do during drought: If you are experiencing a drought, you should avoid mowing the lawn at all. During such stressful conditions, your lawn will have a much harder time growing back. Wait until you finally get a rainfall, if possible, but make sure the grass is dry before mowing so you do not experience any clumping.
For more tips about lawn care in Las Vegas, or to schedule professional lawn care services, contact our team at Two White Guys.