Proper lawn care is especially important in summer to prevent yellow and brown spots from forming on the green carpet. We have summarised for you which to-do's are due now and which mistakes can be avoided:
Plenty of sunshine encourages the lawn to make big leaps. At the beginning of the hot season, it grows particularly eagerly. In the summer, lawn care should primarily be aimed at protecting the lawn from drying out or great heat. In any case, regular shortening increases the density and resistance of the green area, but beware: grass blades that are cut too short cause the soil to dry out more quickly and unwelcome weeds to spread.
- As a rule of thumb, ornamental turf should be cut to 2-3 cm, play and sports turf 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 holiday, please only mow gradually to normal height. If the temperature is very high, the blades can be a little longer, as this reduces evaporation. In this way, the grass has a better water balance and burns cannot occur in the first place. For those who find regular, manual lawn mowing too tedious, the following tip is recommended: Modern robotic mowers help to mow lawns effortlessly and regardless of weather conditions or terrain.
Many amateur gardeners make the mistake of watering too often, but at the same time too little. Daily watering can even harm the lawn. But let's go step by step:
- The very best time for watering are the early morning hours. In direct sunlight, firstly the lawn cannot absorb the moisture well and secondly the water evaporates very quickly and cannot penetrate to the roots. This can result in unsightly yellow patches.
But also in the evening the soil is cool, so more water can be absorbed and less evaporates. In addition, you protect the green from burning, because the sensitive stalks are not damaged by the burning glass effect of the water drops and the moisture can be well 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 supplied, the roots will regress and have less access to the moisture in the soil. To ensure that all roots receive enough water, 10 to 15 litres per square metre should be watered.
- In addition, the watering of the lawn also depends on the location, the nature of the soil and the immediate surroundings. If there are trees and shrubs in the vicinity, they will draw additional water from the grass plants. The rate of rainfall in the region and the type of soil also require different amounts of water.
And this is where MIYO comes into play. The smart irrigation system optimizes the water consumption of your plants fully automatically and under consideration of presettings, demand 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 to water, depending on the weather forecast and personal settings. Valves connected to the tap and supplied with solar power receive these commands immediately and finally clear the way for demand-oriented and environmentally friendly irrigation. In addition, the amount of water is also controlled! When sufficient water has seeped deep enough, the irrigation automatically switches off again. Optimal care of the lawn can function fully automatically in such a simple way and MIYO helps to avoid mistakes.
In addition to mowing and watering, the right fertilizer is part of efficient lawn care in the summer. In the hot season, the nutrients of the spring fertilizer are usually used up. The lawn should now be supported with a slow-release lawn fertilizer specially formulated for the summer. This will also make it more hard-wearing and the fertiliser will help it to regulate its water balance. If the soil is firm and acidic, you should also spread lime and humic acid.
In addition, the 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 when rain is still expected. If this is not possible, the evening should be chosen as the time and then watered really thoroughly.
We hope you enjoy implementing our tips and suggestions!
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