The scorching heat in Florida can make spending time outdoors unbearable on the worst days, and it can even present dangers for pets and elderly individuals. Extreme temperatures also change the way that grass grows on your lawn. The actual effect that heat has on your lawn varies based on the type of grass that you have and the quality of your soil. Taking the time to learn about the impact of heat will help you to apply the most effective maintenance approaches for keeping your yard healthy during the hottest months of the year.
High temperatures inhibit the growth of grass during the hottest hours of the day. Grass grows with the help of sunlight, so hot days will stunt turf growth regardless of how low temperatures get at night. The most common grasses used in Flordia, such as Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass, will stop growing once temperatures exceed 90 degrees. Lawns exposed to high heat can also start to turn brown as moisture evaporates. Soil that is rich in nutrients will help grass to maintain its vibrant green color despite the effect of hot weather.
Moist soil helps to bring down the temperature of your lawn to facilitate the growth of healthy grass. You should, however, avoid overwatering your lawn during the day because soil that never dries can become a breeding ground for turf diseases and yard pests. The best approach is to water your grass once a day shortly before the sun comes up. Watering your grass in the morning will give your lawn enough time to soak up water before the daytime heat evaporates moisture. You can activate your sprinkler system for a short period in the middle of the day when temperatures are unusually hot, but avoid doing so every day to prevent problems with excessive watering.
In addition to watering your lawn in the right way, you should make sure that you avoid cutting your grass too short to prevent it from drying out. Tall grass blades will keep condensation trapped under the surface of your lawn, and this moisture will protect the roots of your grass from the hot sun. You should also apply fertilizer designed for hot weather to keep your grass looking healthy throughout the summer.
Lawns require extra care in Florida due to hot weather that persists all summer long. Orange Environmental Services can keep your grass looking green and healthy throughout the hottest months of the year. Taking care of your lawn can boost property values while surrounding your home in a lush paradise.
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