After a scorching June heatwave, we’ve got plenty more hot summer weather coming soon.
Those lucky enough to have a private garden will be looking forward to BBQs, paddling pools and laying out on the grass – unless, of course, your lovely lawn has dried up in the heat.
Droughts and bad lawn care means soft, cool grass becomes dry and hard ground – which is rather unappealing visually, and equally as unwelcoming to lie on.
So, when it’s hot out, should you cut your grass? And what are the benefits of letting it grow longer in hot weather?
Here’s all you need to know.
Should you cut your grass when it’s hot out?
No! Simply put: when it’s hot out, you shouldn’t mow the lawn.
If you absolutely need to give the grass a quick cut, you should keep the mower blades as high as possible and as sharp as possible so that not too much length is trimmed.
Longer grass shades the soil beneath it and slows down moisture loss, keeping your lawn looking greener for longer.
The way longer grass acts during hot weather is comparable to a jungle or a rainforest (on a much, much smaller scale, of course) – the taller stems help create a microclimate underneath.
6 top tips for lawn care during hot weather
Turf Online suggests the following tips for caring for your lawn during droughts and hot weather:
- Keep off the grass as much as possible
- Move toys, rugs and furniture off the lawn
- Raise the blades on your lawnmower
- Allow lawn clippings to drop back into the sward
- Don’t apply lawn treatments during a drought
- In a wet summer, keep feeding the grass
It’s not just for your garden’s sake that you should consider waiting for the weather to dip before mowing the lawn, too.
If you exert yourself too much during a heatwave or particularly warm weekend, you could potentially risk heat stroke or falling unwell.
As always, don’t forget to stay hydrated when temperatures soar.