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Hot summer got your lawn stressed?
Heat stress can do a number on your lawn...
What can you do?

We hope that this summer has not been a season of stress for you! For the lawns though... it certainly has been! Months of hot weather and very little precipitation has left many lawns completely "Stressed Out!"

Unfortunately, the extreme temperatures of the season can often cause a formerly vibrant lawn to dry out and wither. One of the most common conditions that lawns succumb to is heat stress. We want to help you learn to identify heat stress early on, so that you're able to treat it appropriately and protect the money and hard work you put into preserving a beautiful lawn.

A few signs of heat stress
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Brownish (sometimes patchy) turf that is most often dry to the touch (a brown lawn could also be the result of chinch bugs or other surface feeding insects often invited by compromised turf health).
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Brown spots caused by footprints or lawn mower wheels.
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Where turf is very stressed, you may notice the increased presence of weeds or crabgrass.
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Try inserting a screwdriver into your lawn, or check under the mulch in your landscape beds. If the screwdriver is difficult to insert, or if the sub-soils under the mulch is very dry, then the soils are requiring additional moisture.

What you can do
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Watering. Water is absolutely critical! Increase your watering time so that you are watering DEEPLY. In dry and hardened soils, it's important that the water gets to the roots of the turf. It may take more time for the water to penetrate dry and hardened soils, so watering for longer periods is important. Also, water very early in the morning. We recommend starting your watering cycle at 4:00am each morning during the hot weather. Avoid watering during the middle of the day as rapid evaporation makes the watering wasteful. If you do need to water later, so do in the late afternoon.
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Feeding. Continue to maintain a good fertilizing program which will provide nutrients in a slow-release manner and help keep weeds at bay as they will want to try and take over when the grass is stressed.
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Seeding. In most cases, a lawn will recover from heat stress. However, grass is like any other living thing and it slows down, wears out and even dies when it's older. Your grass must continue to produce new blades to replace the ones that are dying back. You may want to seriously consider seeding in the Spring and/or Fall in order to assist your lawns vibrancy and health.
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Lawn Aeration. Michigan State University Department of Agriculture says it's the "Single Most Important Thing You Can Do for Your Yard.”. When properly performed over a period of time, lawn core aeration can have great benefits. This activity is highly recommended each spring and fall
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Mowing. Our mower blades are sharpened each morning. Our trained staff then maintains the proper mowing height during the given season and based on the turf type and condition. We have the ability to quickly adjust the mower deck from job to job if you desire a longer or shorter turf height.

Is your lawn stressed by the heat? We can help! Give us a call at 734.453.3383 or contact us online for a free consultation.