Your grass needs about 3/4″-1″ of water per week to maintain color and active growth.
Some people water their lawn consistently as needed throughout the hot weather, or to let their lawn go dormant as conditions turn hot and dry, due to drought conditions sometimes you have to let it go dormant. Do not go back and forth, don’t let it go brown and then water it enough to green it up and then let it go brown again. Pulling it out of dormancy drains large amounts of food reserves from the plant.
- Water infrequently
When you do water thoroughly water so moisture soaks down into the roots. Exception to this is a newly seeded lawn where the surface needs to stay moist. Avoiding frequent watering promotes shallow roots and some weeds like crabgrass.
- Water as early as possible
Early in the day when the lawn is wet from dew is the ideal time to water. Avoid mid-day watering due to excessive evaporation during the heat of the day. Night watering gives an increased potential for fungus and diseases to get a foothold. The exception to this is when night temperatures do not go below 68 degrees, then it’s better to water in the early evening, providing you don’t have watering time restrictions.
- Water the lawn uniformly
Due to variations in sprinklers patterns require overlapping to get uniform coverage. Use a container to measure different parts of the lawn to measure how much water is being distributed. Avoid flooding, or missing spots altogether. On clay soils and slopes watch for runoff, and reapply to allow for adequate watering.
- Water conservation.
To conserve water mow your lawn higher than normal, limit traffic on the lawn to control soil compaction and avoid pesticide use. Don’t water streets or driveways, it’s wasteful.
- Avoid overwatering
Measure how much water you’re applying, use a raingauge. Overwatering does more than waste water it also makes your lawn prone to pests, and adds to pollution of our water systems by adding to storm runoffs. By operating a watering system correctly, you can reduce your water bills, disease and pest problems, and maintenance requirements.
- Monitor Rainfall
Don’t water if you are expecting rainfall. Keep track of the weekly rainfall and do not apply more water than absolutely necessary. If your lawn doesn’t get 1″ it won’t die.
Here are a few tips for summertime lawn care:
1. Water as needed. As the weather gets warmer your lawn will need extra attention. Your grass needs 1 inch of water a week. If the temperature hits triple digits give your lawn some extra water.
2. Water deep and early. The early morning is the best time to water your lawn, if you have automatic sprinklers set them for an early hour. This will help ensure that the water doesn’t evaporate in the heat or have the potential to grow fungus over night. Water deeply, meaning thoroughly a few times letting it soak in, instead of briefly and often. Think quality over quantity.
3. Weeding. No one enjoys weeding, you can have a professional come in for weed control. Summer months are ideal for weeding season, since the weeds will bloom and release seeds for the next year.
4. Insects and Bugs. Insects most are common in lawns that are extremely dry. During warm weather is the perfect conditions for grubs. If they are a severe problem, contact a professional outdoor pest control company.
Harmon & Sons
We get rid of loopers, box elder bugs, spiders, aphids and other destructive bugs. The picturesque setting of Northern Utah has a dark side. BUGS! Insects and spiders are part of nature. Many are beneficial; others damage your trees and bushes; some are just nasty. Beetles, spiders and bugs love to come indoors where they can easily find food and relief from the summer heat. While mostly just nasty, some, like spiders, are dangerous. Grubs develop into pests that can damage your lawn. Loopers are inch worms that attack and eat the leaves from your trees, especially the scrub oak along the foothills. You’ll see them dropping from the trees on webs. Spider mites suck out all the plant’s fluid and can kill spruce, fitzers and conifers. Harmon & Sons can help by preventing your your pest problems before they begin. We’ll apply the correct spray or treatment to keep your yard looking great all season long while protecting your trees, bushes and lawn.
Appearance: Dirty-White or Gray, brown-orange head, up to 3/4 of an inch. No distinct markings like Sod Webworm.
Type of Damage: Browns out the lawn causing it to pull up like a rug
Peak Damage Season: July – September
Sod Webworm, is a caterpillar that’s approximately 3/4 to an inch long. Their heads are brown, their bodies range in color from beige, brown and gray, depending on the species. Their body has rows of distinct brown spots from which stiff hairs grow out of. These caterpillars can do severe damage do your lawn
The caterpillars causes damage to the lawn, it browns out in spots and spread rapidly. If you pull on the lawn and the grass comes up easily. If Sod Webworm is at fault, you will see the larvae on the soil.
When the dormant caterpillar transforms and emerges as a moth, they begin to lay the years first generation of eggs late in June. During their 35 days as a Caterpillar, a Sod Webworm can eat up to four square feet of grass. You’ll generally see damage in late June through September.
White Grubs, appear a creamy white color, dark head and C-shaped. You’ll also know them by the spines and hairs on their posterior. If you don’t see them, you’ll see the damage they cause, brown spots in the lawn that you could pull up like a rug. The damage is done quickly and spreads very rapidly. It’s important to treat Grubs as soon as you detect them.
Most of the damage is done in late July through September, however they have been seen as early as April.
Inch worms or loopers, called loopers because of their looping gait, are small caterpillar like worms. They may be small but they have a big appetite.
In Utah the these have been a pest since colonial times, and today, is sometimes a big problem in trees around the Wasatch mountains. If a tree is already stressed it can be severely damaged by loopers. Multiple years of exposure can cause healthy trees to die. Females lay their eggs in the bark, larvae have chewing mouthparts and defoliate trees. As the larvae grow they feed on almost all parts of the tree. Some trees can be completely defoliated.
If you are concerned about the state of your trees and loopers you may want a pest control company to take a look, before your trees are completely defoliated.