Whether you live in Atlanta, Augusta or any other city in Georgia, you know the summers can be hot and dry. Is it possible to have a beautiful yard that can withstand the southern sun? Yes, with these tips from Southern States®, you will be well on your way to having a beautiful lawn year-round.
Georgia is situated in the southeastern region of the United States. Warm-weather grasses in southern lawns can tolerate the heat up to a point. Choosing the right grass seed variety for this region of the country is vital. Some warm season grasses include: bermudagrass, centipede grass and zoysia grass. If you are unsure which is best for your yard, ask a Southern States lawn expert for grass seed advice.
According to the University of Georgia's Cooperative Extension, most Georgia soils are low in pH and and one or more essential nutrients. Soils can vary greatly state-wide and the need for lime and fertilizer will depend on the homeowner's soil requirements. For best results, conduct a soil test to check the pH and acidity levels before you buy your grass seed and fertilizer. A soil test is the best way to determine the amount of lime and fertilizer needed for your lawn.
To keep your Georgia lawn healthy and looking beautiful, follow these lawn care tips by The Georgia Gardener, Walter Reeves:
Watering Your Lawn
A lawn that is watered properly will grow longer, deeper roots and will be more drought tolerant. The best time to water your lawn is in the morning. You want the grass to dry before nightfall in order to reduce the possibility of disease. Lawns need about one inch of water per week to thrive. For best results, your grass should get a good soaking weekly and then have a chance to dry between waterings.
Ongoing lawn care that includes using a weed control product will create a healthy lawn that can withstand the hot summer heat. For a specific weed-control plan for your lawn, you need to know what type of turfgrass you have and what type of weed you have. If you are unsure, check with your local Southern States lawn expert.
Mowing the Lawn
Never remove more than one-third of the height of the grass blade in a single cutting. In the hottest part of summer, mow 0.5 to 1.0 inch higher than the suggested lawn height to shade the soil and keep the roots cool. See suggested mowing heights for lawn grasses in Georgia.
Your Southern States expert in your Georgia hometown can help with all of your lawn questions. Find what you need in your local store or shop online to find the supplies and equipment to keep your southern lawn beautiful all year long.