How to not kill your lawn during the summer heat

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Not everyone has the time and energy to maintain a perfectly manicured lawn. And we are now entering the time of year when lawns start to turn brown from summer heat.

But don't get discouraged. Our partners at the consumer guide Angie's List have three simple tips to not killing your lawn during the heat of July.

1. Be Careful Watering

"Lawn experts tell us there are three easy things you can do to keep your grass looking great," said Angie's List owner Angie Hicks. "Don't over water it. And don't water it in the evening, when fungus can start to grow overnight."

Hicks said automatic sprinklers are best, if you can afford them.

"If they have a sprinkler system where they turned on so their watering say 15 minutes every day," said lawn care company owner Dave Fuss. "What happens is when the sprinkler comes on your wetting the turf first, then it works its way down to the base, then when you start to get into watering the actual dirt, the system shuts off."

2. Raise the Mower Blade

"Don't cut it too short," Hicks said.

"If you're going to cut the grass real short, from a distance you're not going to see as much leaf blade so you're not going to get as much color," Fuss said. "The grass is going to be thinner so weeds can pop up a lot more and the sun is going to come down to the soil and dry out the soil more."

3. Be careful fertilizing

"And use the right fertilizer," Hicks said.

"We use dry slow-release products all year-long because we want to slow feed the turf," Fuss said. "The granules fall to the base and goes directly to root system whereas when you spray liquid fertilizer you're going to coat the leaf blades of the grass, then if you mow you're going to mow that off."

"When hiring a professional to help you with your lawn remember it's a process," Hicks said. "It's not something that happens overnight. A red flag is a provider that tells you they can fix it overnight."

Highly-rated lawn care experts tell Angie's List you want to keep a sharp mower blade for a nice, clean cut. That means you'll need to sharpen the blade about three times a year - in the spring, summer and fall.

As always, don't waste your money.

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