Fertilize your lawn: Warm-season lawns do best when temperatures are more than 80 degrees F. Start feeding as it warms up in late April or early May. Feed according to the fertilizer package instructions throughout the summer.
Get rid of grubs: If grubs have been a problem in your neighborhood, use a long-acting grub killer to stop them in early May.
Start a new lawn: Use seed, sprigs, or plugs to start lawns in the summer. Remember that grasses need plenty of water as they become established; never allow a new lawn to dry out.
Keep mowing: You'll probably need to mow regularly in summer. Avoid removing more than a third of the leaf's total blade length at one time: This can stress your lawn.
Aerate hard soil: If your soil is hard and compacted, aerate it in summer to allow air, moisture, and nutrients to reach your lawn's roots more easily.
Water sensibly: Most lawns need regular watering during the summer to keep them green. On average, you'll need to provide about 1 inch of water per week
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