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Summer Lawn Care Checklist

Phoenix, Arizona is consistently ranked as the hottest city in the United States, with more than 100 days out of the year reaching temperatures above 99 degrees Fahrenheit. With the hot summer months upon us, it's important for you to take care of your lawn, unless you want a nice dirt lot come fall.

To help you out, we've put together this summer lawn care checklist!

summer lawn care checklist

[] Trim trees and shrubs away from home, including roof

[] Plant drought-tolerant plants in sunny areas

Perennials typically grow well in the sun as well as a few others. Check out our article on the top 5 southwest plants with the prettiest blooms for more ideas on what to plant in your yard.

[] Watch out for grubs

These pests feed on your grass roots. Check for grubs by pulling back a small section of the sod. Look for the small, white little grub worms. If you see more than a handful of them per square foot, you need to treat your lawn with pesticide.

[] Set your mower blade height to 3 inches

Cut your grass too short and you risk burnout, especially in the hot, arid Arizona climate.

[] Mow frequently

Grass grows pretty fast in the summer, so you'll want to be sure your mowing often and not taking off more than 1/3 of the blade each time you mow.

[] Pull weeds

Weeds are tough, and some may have survived past your spring lawn herbicide treatment. Get out your garden fork and just pull out any remaining weed in your lawn.

[] Water deeply only a few times per week

This promotes deep root growth.

[] Remove large clumps of grass clippings, twigs, leaves, and debris

[] Prevent scorpions by planting lavender and moving woodpiles

If you notice these creepy bugs in your yard, it's best to manage the problem by spraying them with scorpion killer. Wait until it's dark when they are most active, use a black light to find them, and spray them thoroughly to get rid of the problem.

[] Prepare for fall plantings

Fall gardening starts in the summer, at least the prep work. Start buying your favorite fall plants in the summer for use in the fall. For more, see our article on 5 plants and trees that grow well in the fall as well as our article on how to prepare for fall vegetable gardening.

As a final tip, make sure you are keeping your family safe this summer. Install pool fences if you have small children or pets who can't swim. Keep herbicides, fertilizers, and pesticides out of children's reach.

Follow this summer lawn care checklist and you'll have the best yard on the block!

Have a specific question about your lawn? Give us a call at (480) 456-1199 today.

Evergreen Turf is your source for the highest quality sod in Arizona. Our friendly, knowledgeable people are committed to answering all of your questions to ensure a stress-free experience with your new Arizona sod lawn. Whether you wish to sod a small play area for the family or an entire golf course, Evergreen Turf can help you make it happen.

Our team serves customers throughout Arizona, including Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe and Tucson. Browse our website for information and tips on how to create and maintain a beautiful lawn, or give us a call if you don't find what you are looking for. Better yet, stop by and meet the team at our convenient Chandler location.