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Summer Lawn Care: Keeping Your Yard Healthy and Green | Carolina Terrain

Updated: Jul 3, 2023

Green Fescue Grass
Green Fescue Grass in the Summer

As the summer season descends upon Waxhaw, North Carolina, our landscapes become vibrant and our lawns turn a deeper shade of green. Although Carolina Terrain specializes in landscape installation services, including custom design, plant selection, premium mulching solutions, yard drainage systems, and hardscape installation, we also understand the value of a well-kept lawn during these warm, summer months. In this post, we will provide valuable tips for homeowners to keep their yards healthy and green throughout the summer.


Proper mowing is essential to maintain a healthy lawn during the summer. The University of California’s guide to healthy lawns recommends keeping the grass height between 2.5 to 3.5 inches for most grass types during the summer months[1]. Taller grass can better compete with weeds, has a deeper root system, and is more tolerant to drought.


The summer heat can be harsh on your lawn, and adequate watering is vital to keep it healthy and vibrant. The Home & Garden Information Center suggests that it's generally recommended to water your lawn deeply and infrequently to encourage deep root growth[2]. Early morning is the best time to water your lawn, as it reduces the evaporation and allows the water to reach the roots more effectively.


Aerating your lawn can significantly improve its health during the summer. Aeration involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water, and nutrients to penetrate the grassroots. This process helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn. North Carolina State University suggests that warm-season grasses can benefit from summer aeration[3].


Applying the right kind of fertilizer during the summer can help maintain the lawn's lushness and color. Always use a slow-release or controlled-release fertilizer to feed your lawn. These types of fertilizers provide a steady supply of nutrients over a longer period, which is especially beneficial during the summer months.

Pest Control

The warm summer weather can invite a variety of pests to your lawn. The University of California Statewide IPM Program provides an excellent resource for identifying pests and the damage they cause[4]. Quick identification and control can prevent these pests from causing significant damage to your lawn.

Weed Control

Summer is also a prime time for weed growth. Regular mowing and proper watering can prevent the majority of weeds from taking hold in your lawn. However, for persistent weeds, a post-emergent herbicide might be necessary.


Remember, while maintaining a healthy, green lawn during the summer might seem like a daunting task, the payoff is worth it. A beautiful lawn not only complements your home but also enhances the overall appeal of your landscape. And for any larger projects in your yard, Carolina Terrain's expert landscape installation services are here to assist.

Stay green, Waxhaw!



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