Summer grass issues

Asked July 19, 2017, 11:21 AM EDT

Good morning! I have a property that I work on that gets a lot of foot traffic, in particular where they set up corn hole. This area of grass is totally exposed to sun all day, a fairly steady wind most days, slightly sloped, so drains quickly after any precipitation. Aside from moving the corn hole around, are the any amendments, or fertilizers that would make a difference this time of year? I have planned on overseeding in the fall, lime and fall fertilizer. Advice on a type of seed that would be good in the fall, specific optimal timing... angry other advice is appreciated. Thank you as always

Harford County Maryland grass lawn foot traffic

1 Response

Summer can be tough on turf. Moving the corn hole around will help.
Cool season grasses such as tall fescue tend to go dormant and then green up when temperatures decrease and rainfall increases in the fall.
Raise the mower height 1/2 - 1 inch during periods of hot, dry
weather. Do not mow dormant lawns and do not fertilize in the summer.
Leave grassclippings to naturally decompose on lawns. This will not create a thatch build-up or cause disease but will add organic matter and contribute to the
lawn’s nitrogen requirement.

Test the soil if not done in the last several years. Results give pH, liming, and nutrient deficiencies. http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/soils/soil-testing

Overseed and fertilize in the fall. Take a look at the attached publication for recommended cultivars http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/non_HGIC_FS/TT-77%20...

See our publication on turfgrass maintenance throughout the year http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG112_Turfgrass_Main...

and seeding http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG102%20Lawn%20Estab...
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