Proper lawn care is particularly important in summer to ensure that yellow and brown spots do not form on the green carpet. We have summarized for you which to-dos are now pending and which mistakes can be avoided:
Lots of sun encourages the lawn to grow big. It grows particularly vigorously at the beginning of the hot season. In summer, lawn care should primarily focus on protecting the lawn from drying out or extreme heat. In any case, regular trimming will increase the density and resilience of the green space, but be careful: Blades of grass that are cut too short cause the soil to dry out more quickly and unloved weeds can spread.
- As a rule of thumb: ornamental lawn should be cut to 2-3 cm, game and sports lawn to 3-4 cm.
Ideally, you should unpack the lawn mower once a week and drive it over the entire green area. If the grass has grown a little higher during your vacation, please mow gradually to normal height. At very high temperatures, the stalks can be a little longer, as this reduces evaporation. This means that the grass has a better water balance and burns cannot occur in the first place. If regular, manual lawn mowing is too laborious, we recommend the following tip: Modern robotic lawnmowers help mow lawns effortlessly and regardless of weather conditions or terrain.
Many home gardeners make the mistake of watering too often but not enough at the same time. Daily watering can even damage the lawn. But let's go step by step:
- The very best time for watering is the early morning hours. In direct sunlight, the lawn cannot absorb moisture well and the water evaporates very quickly and cannot penetrate to the roots. This can result in unsightly yellow stains.
But the ground is also cool in the evening, so more water can be absorbed and less evaporates. You also protect the greenery from burning because the sensitive stalks are not damaged by the magnifying glass effect of the water droplets and the moisture can be easily distributed in the soil overnight.
- Proper watering is particularly important during dry periods. However, the grasses should not be constantly wet, otherwise they become more susceptible to diseases. However, if too little water is added, the roots will recede and will have less access to the moisture in the soil. So that all roots really get enough water, 10 to 15 liters per square meter should be watered.
- In addition, watering the lawn also depends on the location, the nature of the soil and the immediate surroundings. If there are trees and bushes nearby, they also remove water from the grass plants. The rainfall rate in the region and type of soil also require different amounts of water.
And this is where MIYO comes into play. As is well known, the smart irrigation system optimizes the water consumption of your plants fully automatically and taking into account presets, needs and weather forecast. In addition, the freely placeable, solar-powered sensors continuously measure local parameters such as soil moisture, brightness and ground-level temperature in the garden. This environmental data is then evaluated by a central control unit, which independently decides when and how much watering needs to be done, depending on the weather forecast and personal settings. Valves connected to the faucet and powered by solar power immediately receive these commands and ultimately pave the way for needs-based and environmentally friendly irrigation. The amount of water is also controlled! Once enough water has seeped deep enough, the irrigation switches off automatically. It's that easy to optimally care for your lawn fully automatically and MIYO helps to avoid errors.
In addition to mowing and watering, efficient lawn care in summer also includes proper fertilization. In the hot season, the nutrients in spring fertilizer are usually used up. The lawn should now be supported with a long-term lawn fertilizer specially formulated for the summer. This also makes it more durable and the fertilizer helps it regulate its water balance. If the soil is solid and acidic, you should also spread lime and humic acids.
Furthermore, quality is crucial! Unfortunately, cheap fertilizers only stimulate growth in the short term and provide the grass with too few nutrients in the long term. By the way, the ideal time to fertilize is a cloudy morning that still means rain is expected. If this is not possible, the evening should be chosen as the time and then watered thoroughly.
We hope you enjoy implementing our tips and suggestions!