Even in rainy old England, the summer months serve sun suffice to scorch your grass! Much how
we’ve all been burned during a July getaway to somewhere hot and coastal, you might see your
lawns browning and wilting this summer. Here are five tips for guarding your garden when the
sun’s at its strongest.
1) Putting the ‘fence’ in ‘defence’
A well-placed fence will maximize the light you’re letting into your garden for your own enjoyment
— get the loungers out! — while offering some relieving shade to your grass at certain times of
the day, when the sun’s striking from certain angles.
Naturally, AVS Fencing Supplies can help you with any questions you may have about this scorchstopping
solution — get in touch!
2) The root of the problem
There’s another reason scorched grass is such a common issue during summer: these warmer
months are when a lot of us renovate our gardens from the ground up — and down! New soil is
especially susceptible to damage due to the absence of an absorptive root system.
Plenty of water and careful use of fertilizers — overuse can cause more harm than good — will
encourage good root growth.
3) Don’t be so shallow!
Another aspect to encouraging grass root growth is depth — aim to soak the soil at least six
inches deep. If you water too close to the sod’s surface, you’ll nurture a shallow system of roots
with a heightened vulnerability to burns, leaving your lawns dehydrated and deathly.
Again, use fertilizers sparingly. These chemicals will kill off a lot of the microbes responsible for
keeping your grass a luscious green colour.
4) Sweeten the deal
What those microbes will enjoy is a healthy dose of sugar. Mary Poppins knew what she was
talking about! A pound of sugar per 300 sq. ft of grass will keep those green organisms happy.
Your lawn will look healthy, and benefit from an added layer of microbial protection from the sun.
5) Patchwork, or starting from scratch?
If the damage has been done and the malevolent sun has left you with a scorch-pocked lawn,
remove the dead sections and start again with fresh soil and grass seeds. This may leave a
slightly patchy appearance, but done right, it’ll look perfectly natural.
But if there’s a perfectionist sitting on your shoulder, you may need to re-sod and re-seed your
entire lawn. If this worst-case scenario arises, see it as an opportunity to rethink your approach.
Bonus Tip: use top-quality sleepers for your plantations
No matter what you’re planting in sleepers this summer, you’ll want the best-quality woods
carefully-selected for your needs, to keep the water in and let the roots absorb every last drop.
Need advice on what’s best for your project? Contact us at AVS Fencing Supplies today!
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