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Top Summer Threats to Your Lawn, Trees and Shrubs

It’s hard to believe that summer is officially here. The often-unbearable temperatures and excessive humidity create ideal conditions for numerous threats to harm your Atlanta lawn, trees, and shrubs. Being proactive and taking measures to prevent these threats can save you precious time and money.

Drought — Intense heat can do a number on your turf, but there are steps you can take to curb its effects. Watering is the single most important thing you can do to keep your lawn lush. Water deeply and infrequently, as grass needs at least an inch of water each week from rainfall, irrigation, or a combination of both. Watering before 10 am is ideal. Don’t park on your lawn, and try to limit foot traffic because compacting the soil during drought conditions is a quick way to smother the roots and kill grass. When you mow, set the blade higher during drought conditions to promote deeper root growth by shading soil and reducing water evaporation.

Mosquitoes — While they may not be causing damage to your yard, mosquitoes can do ample damage to you. There are a variety of ways you can help keep these pesky insects away. Rid your yard of any standing water. Include natural mosquito repellents like citronella, lavender, and catnip in your garden.  Light citronella candles and lanterns when spending time outside. If your mosquito problem is more than you can handle, consider a professional program like our add-on Mosquito Treatment option.

Fungus — Hot and humid weather is the perfect environment for fungal diseases like brown patch and dollar spot. Walk your yard weekly. If you see any unusual brown patches, alert your technician to find out if you need fungicide treatment. Early treatment could help save your entire lawn. Do your best to water in the early morning. Watering at night allows water to remain on grass blades longer, further encouraging the growth of funguses. 

Japanese Beetles — Don’t forget your garden areas as well! Examine them weekly when you walk your yard to catch any abnormalities. June is prime time for Japanese Beetles to damage your ornamental trees and shrubs. Early detection and treatment can save your plants, so notify your technician if you suspect a problem.

Grubs — After the female beetles are done munching on your plants, they like to head to your grass to lay their eggs. The grubs that hatch in mid- to late summer can cause areas of your lawn to die by feeding on grass roots. If you see dead patches, dig 2-4 inches into your soil. If you see 10 or more grubs within one square foot, your lawn will need treatment to recover.

An effective Atlanta lawn care routine requires being proactive and not just reactive. Commit to caring for your yard this summer when it needs you most, and look for opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy your beautiful, healthy lawn.