It’s mid July in Michigan and you’ve probably noticed the same thing that I’ve noticed… The grass isn’t struggling to stay green. The grass is growing every bit as vigorously as it did in the height of the spring growth season! Usually the growth rate has reduced by this point due to hot and dry conditions. This year we’ve been blessed with regular rain up to this point, and while the lawn mower is getting more work, at least the sprinkler system is getting less 🙂
With this kind of growth its very important to keep up with the lawn’s fertilization needs; The more the grass grows, the more nutrients it is using, and the more nutrients it will need to continue healthy growth.
Things you can do to insure healthy growth:
– Make sure you’re scheduled for regular fertilization throughout the summer, if you don’t normally schedule a round 4 or 5 lawn application make sure to set it up! Nutrient deficient grass is more susceptible to disease.
– Mow regularly; Cutting more than a 1/3 of the grass blade off at a time causes stress to the plant. If you let it go too long between cuts you end up cutting off more than the plant should tolerate. Stressed out grass is more susceptible to disease.
– Don’t over water. Make sure not to run your sprinkler system when there is rain in the forecast. stagnant water in a lawn can cause disease and poor color.
For even more information, check out this article from the Michigan State University Extension. They noticed too 🙂
Thanks for reading!