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Summertime brings sunny days and leads to more time spent outdoors. You can ensure that your yard remains healthy through the strains of summer by practicing a few warm-weather guidelines for lawns near Sunnyvale.

Trim your grass.

Regularly mowing your lawn ensures that the blades don’t grow too tall, a situation that could lead to mold growth or suffocated roots due to the long trimmings left behind. During the summer, consistent mowing is still recommended, but adjust your blade height to leave your grass a bit taller. In the warmer months, longer blades can help your lawn hold onto more moisture, grow deeper roots, and prevent weed growth. Additionally, be sure to sharpen your mower blade once for every ten hours of use or so. Lastly, leave the grass clippings on your lawn. As long as you are trimming the grass regularly, the small clippings left behind can be beneficial for your lawn.

Treat your lawn.

After feeding their grass in the spring, some homeowners consider their lawn care complete until the fall or following year. While this may work in some cases, warm-season grasses require fertilization in the summer, rather than in the cooler seasons. Learn when your particular grass will get the most benefit from feeding. Also, you’ll need to keep an eye out for grubs. Beetles and European chafers lay eggs and hatch in the summer. Depending on your region, you should treat your lawn for grubs at some point during the season.

Clean your yard.

If you’re a dog owner, it’s important to clean up after your pet to ensure the health of your lawn. Waste should be picked up regularly and if your dog urinates on your grass, hose down the area to prevent the urine from creating patchy spots. Similarly, toys and lawn chairs that your family leaves scattered across your lawn can create dead or yellowed areas if left for too long. Putting away belongings after outdoor activities will help preserve the beauty of your grass throughout the summer.